Gill's Commonwealth launch pad

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:03
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Reds flank Liam Gill is hoping that his playing for Australia in the Sevens at the Commonwealth games will strengthen his Wallaby claims.
 

Reds flank Liam Gill is hoping that his playing for Australia in the Sevens at the Commonwealth games will strengthen his Wallaby claims.

Gill was a member of the 2010 Sevens side that picked up a Commonwealth Games silver medal in Delhi, and he is joined in the squad by Australian Under -20s captain and Melbourne Rebels player who Sean McMahon was a regular on the Sevens World Series circuit as recently as last year.

Gill said that performing for the Sevens team could boost his aspirations of nailing down a regular place in the Wallabies side.

"I certainly think there's an avenue through sevens," Gill told AAP.

"I know the ARU is working with Geraint [John - Sevens coach] and both Sevens and 15s on really building that relationship.

"I think there's space to be jumping back and forth.

"Sevens presents a chance for me to knuckle down on my fitness, my skills in space, my ball skills and they're aspects of my game which need improving.

"That can only be a good thing for my game.

"Ewen [McKenzie] just said go and be part of a successful team, help drive the team to success and then we'll worry about the Rugby Championship.

"It's up to me to go out and prove I can play at Wallaby level," he added.

The 12-man squad also includes a number of Sevens stalwarts, including the in-form Cameron Clark who was recently picked in the 2013/14 IRB Sevens Dream Team.

Captain Ed Jenkins, the most experienced campaigner in the  squad, will lead a team featuring nine Commonwealth Games debutants.

Australian Commonwealth Games Association CEO Perry Crosswhite said: "We welcome the appointment of the Rugby Sevens team, which completes our Glasgow team selection.

"Australia went very close in Delhi and we hope this team can perform as well, or better, in Glasgow."

Coach Geraint John said the squad had been training well and he was confident they could deliver a strong result in Glasgow.

"This is an excellent opportunity to build on a fantastic end of season performance in London, where Australia finished runners up at the final tournament of the 2013/14 Sevens World Series."

"In this Commonwealth Games squad, I think we have an extremely talented group of players with the right mix of experience and youth. I'm looking forward to seeing what the team can produce in Glasgow," he said.

Sixteen countries will compete in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games - Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, England, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Wales.

Australia has been drawn in Pool D alongside England, Sri Lanka and Uganda.

Australian Sevens squad: Ed Jenkins (captain), Jesse Parahi, Tom Cusack, Sean McMahon, Sam Myers, Liam Gill, Con Foley, Tom Lucas, James Stannard, Cameron Clark, Pama Fou, Greg Jeloudev.
 

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Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
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France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
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Japan Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
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Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
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