Squads declared for USA Sevens in Las Vegas

(IRB.COM) Friday 8 February 2013
 
 Squads declared for USA Sevens in Las Vegas
Can returning playmaker Branco du Preez breathe fresh life into South Africa's season

The final squads of 12 have been declared by all 16 coaches ahead of the USA Sevens in Las Vegas on 8-10 February, round 5 of the HSBC Sevens World Series, with the hosts USA making one change.

Flyer Maka Unufe is unlucky to miss out for the hosts, who call up Rocco Mauer as his replacement.

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Both the Cup champions and runners-up from last weekend in New Zealand are unchanged, England and Kenya able to select the same 12 players that took them through the knock-out stages in such impressive fashion at the Westpac.

World Series leaders New Zealand make three changes, however, with captain DJ Forbes and flyer Kurt Baker both ruled out through injury in Wellington and vice-captain Lote Raikabula also unfit to play and replaced in Vegas. They are replaced by Milford Keresoma, Mark Jackman and Warrick Lahmert.

After failing to reach the Cup quarter-finals for the first time in the 14-year history of the Series, Fiji keep faith with 11 of the same players, Peni Ravai the only change and making his debut in Las Vegas as a replacement for Josua Tuisova. The Fijians face a mouth-watering opening tie in Las Vegas against England in the first match of the tournament.

Wales have suffered a major blow with the loss of their captain, Rhys Shellard, to be replaced by Luke Morgan.

South Africa, meanwhile, are boosted by the return of fit-again playmaker Branco du Preez.

Australia and Canada both recall players who were withdrawn late from their squads last week with niggling injuries. Australia coach Michael O'Connor includes Cameron Clark, while Canada are boosted by the return of Jeff Hassler.

Apart from the Fijians, Wales and Uruguay are the only other sides to field World Series debutants in Las Vegas. Wales call up Sam Cross for the first time, while regional qualifiers Uruguay feature Juan Diego Ormaechea, Santiago Bomio, Alfonso Falcon and Gaston Gibernau for the first time.

USA Sevens roll of honour: Cup winners

2004 - Argentina
2005 - New Zealand
2006 - England
2007 - Fiji
2008 - New Zealand
2009 - Argentina
2010 - Samoa
2011 - South Africa
2012 - Samoa

USA Sevens tickets still available

Tickets for the 2013 USA Sevens start at $10 for youth (age 14 and younger) and $33 for adults. For more details or to purchase tickets, visit www.USASevens.com or call 1-888-RUGBY-7S.

Las Vegas Sevens

Round 4
24-26 Jan 2014

Venue: Sam Boyd Stadium
City: Las Vegas
Capacity: 36,800

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
RSA39
CAN37
KEN35
WAL33
Pool B
TeamPlayedPts
NZL39
AUS37
FIJ35
SCO33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
SAM39
ENG37
POR35
URU33
Pool D
TeamPlayedPts
FRA39
ARG37
USA35
ESP33
more
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