No Jenkins or Lucas for Paris trip

Thu, 04 May 2017 08:24
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SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Australia Sevens powerhouse Ed Jenkins and experienced Tom Lucas will miss the Paris Sevens tournament on May 13.

Jenkins is set to undergo surgery on his shoulder next week while Lucas has been forced to stay at home due to a knee injury he sustained in Singapore.

The good news for head coach Andy Friend is the return of Alex Gibbon, who missed out on the legs in Hong Kong and Singapore. Meanwhile Boyd Killingworth has passed the return-to-play protocols after concussion ruled him out of Singapore.

Youngster Dylan Pietsch also returns to the starting twelve after featuring as 13th man in Australia's fourth-place finish in Singapore.

The tournament captain will be named next week after the team arrives in Paris.

With just two rounds remaining in the Sevens World Series, Australia (94 points) are just outside the race for a top-four finish, with the side currently in the sixth position behind the USA (101 points) and New Zealand (110).

Australia sevens coach Friend said: "A massive positive for Boyd Killingworth, he was outstanding in Hong Kong before he had his concussion. Unfortunately, he didn’t come right for Singapore but he’s good now so great to have him back in the playing squad.

"The loss of Tom Lucas and Ed Jenkins is difficult as they are two very experienced players. Tom was our captain at the last tournament but they've been replaced by some more youth which is good, so a great opportunity for this squad.

"Dylan Pietsch comes into the backline, another 18-year-old into the starting 12 so a great experience for him as an up-and-coming player.

"We played some good Rugby in the last two tournaments but at the end of the day, we still finished third for fourth. We have some quality footballers, and regardless of age, they've shown they have great ability to play good Rugby on the world stage, so we now need to take that into Paris and following that, into London,"

Australia Sevens squad: Henry Hutchison, Simon Kennewell, Nick Malouf, Alex Gibbon, James Stannard, John Porch, Tim Anstee, Dylan Pietsch, Boyd Killingworth, Liam McNamara, Charlie Taylor, Lachie Anderson, Tom Kingston.

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