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Skelton to make World Series Debut

Brothers youngster Jeral Skelton will make his HSBC Sevens World Series debut this weekend as the Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team head to Cape Town.

The team will be aiming to improve on their Fifth Placed Finish in the Dubai Sevens last weekend with the side striving to take a spot in the top four.

Skelton is joined in the side by fellow Queenslander and veteran-sevens campaigner James Stannard who has 42 caps to his name.

Speedster Matthew Hood has been promoted into the starting squad following an impressive performance as injury cover last week.

The Aussie 7s have been placed in Pool B alongside New Zealand, Spain, and USA, ensuring a tight battle to make the Quarter Finals of the tournament.  

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “As a squad we talked last week how we needed to win more of the Championship moments and that is our aim for this weekend.

“We played some really good Rugby last round, now the challenge is to step up our game and finish off the key moments in what will be a tough pool in Cape Town.

“Matthew Hood came on and had some good involvements last week and I am excited to see Jeral Skelton make his World Series debut. He is a really exciting young talent with a lot of ability and potential in Sevens.

“The USA, New Zealand and Spain have three contrasting styles of play, but we are raring to go and finish off 2017 strongly heading into the HSBC Sydney 7s at home.”  

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Fixtures, Cape Town:
Saturday 9 December
Australia v Spain, 8.43pm AEDT

Sunday 10 December
Australia v USA, 12.04am AEDT
Australia v New Zealand, 4.12am AEDT

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens squad

1.Matthew Hood, 2 caps, Sydney University
2. Simon Kennewell, 10 caps, Randwick
3. Sam Myers, 29 caps, Norths (Sydney)
4. Lewis Holland (c), 32 caps, Aussie 7s
5. James Stannard, 42 caps, Souths, Queensland
6. John Porch, 10 caps, Norths (Sydney)
7. Tim Anstee, 11 caps, Eastwood
8. Boyd Killingworth, 14 caps, Manly
9. Jeral Skelton*, 1 cap, Brothers, Queensland
10. Ben O’Donnell, Randwick, 1 cap
11. Maurice Longbottom, 1 cap, Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team
12. Lachie Anderson, 8 caps, Eastwood

*HSBC Sevens World Series debut

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