Australian squad announced for Paris Sevens
4 May 2017
RUGBY SEVENS: The Australian Men’s Sevens team has been named for the penultimate leg of the 2016/17 World Series, with coach Andy Friend making three changes for the Paris tournament beginning on May 13.
Alex Gibbon returns to the squad after missing out on the legs in Hong Kong and Singapore, while Boyd Killingworth has passed the return-to-play protocols after concussion ruled him out of Singapore.
Youngster Dylan Pietsch also returns to the starting twelve after featuring as 13th man in Australia's fourth-place finish in Singapore.
Tom Lucas has been forced out with a knee injury that he suffered in Singapore while former skipper Ed Jenkins is set to undergo surgery on his shoulder next week.
The tournament captain will be named next week, after the team arrives in Paris.
With just two rounds remaining on the HSBC Sevens World Series, Australia (94 points) are just outside the race for a top four finish, with the side currently in sixth position behind the USA (101 points) and New Zealand (110).
Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “A massive positive for Boyd Killingworth, he was outstanding in Hong Kong before he had his concussion. Unfortunately he didn’t come right for Singapore but he’s good now so great to have him back in the playing squad.
"The loss of Tom Lucas and Ed Jenkins is difficult as they are two very experienced players. Tom was our captain at the last tournament but they've been replaced by some more youth which is good, so a great opportunity for this squad.
“Dylan Pietsch comes into the backline, another 18-year old into the starting 12 so a great experience for him as an up-and-coming player.
“We played some good Rugby in the last two tournaments but at the end of the day, we still finished 3rd and 4th. We have some quality footballers, and regardless of age, they've shown they have great ability to play good Rugby on the world stage, so we now need to take that into Paris and following that, into London.”
Australia will battle it out in Pool D alongside Fiji, Samoa and Russia with all games LIVE on FOX Sports.
Qantas Australia Men's fixtures, Singapore:
Saturday 13 May
Australia v Russia, 6.22pm AEST
Australia v Samoa, 9.48pm AEST
Sunday 14 May
Australia v Fiji, 1.14am AEST
Qantas Australian Sevens squad named for Paris Sevens
1. Henry Hutchison, 15 caps Club: Randwick NSW
2. Simon Kennewell, 7 caps, Club: Randwick NSW
3. Nick Malouf, 26 caps, Club: Sydney University NSW
4. Alex Gibbon, 13 caps, Club: Southern Districts NSW
5. James Stannard, 39 caps, Club: Souths QLD
6. John Porch, 7 caps, Club: Northern Suburbs NSW
7. Tim Anstee, 8 caps, Club: Eastwood NSW
8. Dylan Pietsch, 3 caps, Club: Randwick NSW
9. Boyd Killingworth, 11 caps, Club: Warringah NSW
10. Liam McNamara, 5 caps, Club: Sunnybank QLD
11. Charlie Taylor, 6 caps, Club: Eastwood NSW
12. Lachie Anderson, 5 caps, Club Eastwood NSW
13th man: Tom Kingston, 12 caps, Club: Sydney University, NSW
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