Having seen the Australian 7s side won last weekend’s Sydney 7s tournament at home soil, Team Coach Andy Friend has made three changes ahead of this weekend’s Hamilton 7s over in Waikato, New Zealand.
Which players will or won’t be playing this weekend?
Veteran Scrum Half James Stannard will Captain the Australian 7s side in place of Utility playmaker Lewis Holland, who will be sidelined with a cork thigh injury whilst playing in Sydney last weekend.
So that means Tom Lucas will deputise the work that Holland has left to do whilst being sidelined.
Meanwhile, Forward Boyd Killingworth suffered a hamstring strain halfway through the tournament.
There’s no timeline being set at the moment on when Holland and Killingworth will be ready to be fit to play again .
Jesse Parahi will be rested after consecutive events in Darwin and Sydney. There’s no news on when Parahi will return to the ARU 7s squad at this stage.
So that means Dylan Pietsch will be back to play in the Australian 7s side this weekend where this will be his first start in the 2017-18 HSBC World Sevens Series season.
One debutant will feature for the ARU 7s side in Hamilton
Sam Croke is on the verge of making his HSBC World Sevens debut after having impressed selectors during the exhibition matches over in Darwin, Central Coast (NSW) and Fiji.
Aussie 7s Squad Changes Summary
- Charlie Taylor, 8 caps, Manly, NSW
- Tom Connor, 1 cap, Warringah, NSW
- Sam Myers, 31 caps, Norths (Sydney)
- Tom Lucas, 20 caps, Sunnybank QLD
- James Stannard (Captain), 41 caps, Souths (Brisbane)
- John Porch, 12 caps, Eastwood, NSW
- Tim Anstee, 13 caps, Randwick, NSW
- Sam Croke, uncapped, Randwick, NSW
- Dylan Pietsch, 5 caps, Randwick, NSW
- Ben O’Donnell, 3 caps, Randwick, NSW
- Maurice Longbottom, 3 caps, Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team
- Lachie Anderson, 10 caps, Eastwood, NSW
13th Man: Matt Hood, 2 caps, Sydney University, NSW
OUT: Lewis Holland, Boyd Killingworth and Jesse Parahi.
IN: Tom Lucas, Sam Croke (debutant) and Dylan Pietsch.
Where Australia is ranked in the World Sevens Series right now?
Australia is ranked 3rd in the 2017-18 HSBC World Sevens Series Rankings with 43 points.
They are 11 points behind New Zealand (54) in 2nd and 15 points behind leaders South Africa (58).
Final things you need to know before watching the ARU 7s in action for the Hamilton 7s this weekend?
Australia is drawn in Pool A alongside Wales, Spain and fellow World Sevens Series close rival Fiji.
Australia v Spain, 10.58 AM AEDT
Australia v Wales, 2.24 PM AEDT
Australia v Fiji, 5.50 PM AEDT
You can show your support for the green and gold 7s side when all the weekend’s matches including the Finals are LIVE on FOX Sports More via Channel 507 both saturday and sunday from 8.50 AM to 7.30 PM.
References: The Image of the Australian 7s crest is from the official Rugby.com.au site.