Aussies call on teenagers for Dubai

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 07:29
Large michael o connor aus 7s2 63 Large con foley aus 7s 630 Large michael o connor aus 7s

Australian coach Michael O'Connor has again been forced to test the depth of Australia's Sevens ranks.

Australian coach Michael O'Connor has again been forced to test the depth of Australia's Sevens ranks, with injury impeding his selection options for Dubai, the second round of the IRB World Series.

Just four players remain from the squad which played in the opening round of the World Series on the Gold Coast in October.

"It's unprecedented to have 12 of your 22-man squad unavailable due to injury," O'Connor said.

"It is a bit of a blow but we've gone well when faced with adversity in the past.

"We're not walking around kicking tyres, the guys will step up because they have to."

The Australian team will travel to Dubai considerably understrength, missing the experience and leadership of injured forwards Ed Jenkins and Jesse Parahi, along with exciting backs Allan Fa'alava'au, Shannon Walker, Jacob Taylor and Lewis Holland.

With so many players out of action, O'Connor has looked to his development ranks and beyond, handing the significant opportunity to represent Australia to several young players.

"We're giving young guys an opportunity here," O'Connor said.

"We've got five 19-year-olds in this squad, but they've proven they can handle the Sevens environment."

Con Foley will captain the squad which features four uncapped players, four members of the Gold Coast Sevens squad and one player returning from injury.

Sean McMahon, Pama Fou, Jordan Tuapou and Will Miller return to action following the Gold Coast tournament, while regulars Greg Jeloudev and Damon Anderson will add another spark to the squad.

Cameron Clark makes his long-awaited return to the Sevens World Series after suffering an injury at the Las Vegas Sevens in February.

Laloifi Junior Laloifi, Peter Lee, Jack Grant and Nick Malouf are set to make their debut for Australia, after getting the nod from O'Connor.

Laloifi, a product of Melbourne,  played Australia A Schools earlier this year and has earned valuable Sevens experience with Brisbane club Sunnybank, including a spot at the Coral Coast Sevens earlier this month.

Lee, another Sunnybank player, also played at Coral Coast Sevens and has been on O'Connor's radar for some time.

North Sydney Colt Grant played Sevens in both Noosa and Byron Bay earlier this year, while University of Queensland's Malouf missed out on likely selection for Gold Coast Sevens due to injury, but played in both Noosa and the Coral Coast Sevens.

The Dubai tournament takes place Friday, November  30 and Saturday, December 1, with Australia seeded in Pool D alongside France, Canada and United States.

Australia: Damon Anderson, Peter Lee, Sean McMahon, Will Miller, Jordan Tuapou, Con Foley (captain), Cam Clark, Greg Jeloudev, Nick Malouf, Jack Grant, Pama Fou, Laloifi Junior Laloifi.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
Fri, 22 December 2017
Wasps v Gloucester 22h00 Ricoh Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins 22h00 Kingston Park
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Leicester Tigers v Saracens 22h00 Welford Road
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 22h00 Sixways
Sale Sharks v Bath 22h00 AJ Bell Stadium
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
SEVENS
MORE LOGS
Pool 0
Team P W D L Pts
Spain Sevens 0 0 0 0 20
Pool 19
Team P W D L Pts
England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool 20
Team P W D L Pts
Uganda Sevens 0 0 0 0 2
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Fiji Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens