Four Queenslanders named in the Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Singapore squad
Four Queenslanders have been named in the Qantas Australian Men's Sevens team for the Singapore Sevens
The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team has been named for the Singapore Sevens, with four Queenslanders in the squad that finished third in Hong Kong last weekend.
St. Joseph's College Gregory Terrace product Tom Lucas will captain the side with fellow Queenslanders James Stannard, Liam McNamara and Nick Malouf named.
Boyd Killingworth failed the concussion return to play protocols and is replaced by Dylan Pietsch, who played with the Classic Wallabies at the Hong Kong Tens.
Hong Kong was Australia’s best finish on the HSBC Sevens World Series this year, having finished fourth at the HSBC Sydney 7s and fifth in Dubai late last year.
With three rounds remaining on the HSBC Sevens World Series, Australia (79 points) are in hot pursuit of a top four finish, with the side currently in sixth position behind the USA (82 points) and New Zealand (97 points).
Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “This group has continued to improve and last week marked a real turning point for the side, showing that they can beat top four teams when they back themselves.
“The challenge now is to not rest on our laurels and lift our performance this week in Singapore.
“Australia has not won a tournament since Tokyo 2012 and it is a goal this team strives to achieve every time we run out to play.”
Australia will battle it out in Pool C alongside Samoa, Kenya and Argentina.
1. Ed Jenkins 50 caps, Club: Sydney University NSW
2. Nick Malouf, 24 caps, Club: Sydney University NSW
3. Lachie Anderson, 4 Caps, Club Eastwood NSW
4. Tim Anstee 7 caps, Club: Eastwood NSW
5. Simon Kennewell, 6 caps, Club: Randwick NSW
6. Tom Lucas (c) 18 caps, Club: Sunnybank QLD
7. James Stannard, 38 caps, Club: Souths QLD
8. Liam McNamara 4 caps, Club: Sunnybank QLD
9. John Porch, 6 caps, Club: Northern Suburbs NSW
10. Henry Hutchison, 13 caps Club: Randwick NSW
11. Charlie Taylor, 5 caps, Club: Eastwood NSW
12. Tom Kingston, 11 caps, Club: Sydney University