Aust Re­calls Ex­plo­sive Winger

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The Aus­tralian rugby sevens team are de­ter­mined to make amends of their Cup quar­ter­fi­nal loss to the Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s team at the Paris tour­na­ment. This week­end the Aussies have been pooled with the Voda­fone Fi­jians and coach Andy Friend has al­ready made six changes.

This sees the re­turn of ex­plo­sive winger Pama Fou who has been cleared to re­turn from a shoul­der in­jury which has kept him on the side­lines since De­cem­ber. Fou is one of six changes to the side, which also sees Allan Fa’alava’au, Stephen van der Walt, Sam Figg, Frank Win­ter­stein and

Fou is one of six changes to the side, which also sees Allan Fa’alava’au, Stephen van der Walt, Sam Figg, Frank Win­ter­stein and John Porch re­join the squad for the Lon­don Sevens.

John Porch re­join the squad for the Lon­don Sevens. In the ab­sence of cap­tain Ed Jenk­ins, Pat McCutcheon takes over the cap­taincy.

“I’ve not had the lux­ury of be­ing able to se­lect Pama as yet— but he’s been look­ing sharp since re­turn­ing to full train­ing and to see him and Henry Hutchi­son com­bine is a po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive mix,” Friend said. Aus­tralia have been drawn in Pool C along­side hosts Eng­land, world cham­pi­ons Fiji, who are ex­pected to in­clude for­mer rugby league and NFL star Jar­ryd Hayne in their squad, and Wales. Friend said the com­pet­i­tive­ness in the pool would rep­re­sent a huge chal­lenge for his young team. “Chal­lenges don’t get much big­ger than the pool we have drawn. World Series cham­pi­ons-elect Fiji, a full­strength Eng­land side on home soil and a Wales team who have proved on more than one oc­ca­sion that they are a match for any­one.

It’s a huge chal­lenge, but an ex­cit­ing one at the same time.” Lon­don has been a happy hunt­ing ground for the Aus­tralian sevens team in re­cent years hav­ing reached the last three Cup Fi­nals at the Home of English Rugby.

Ex­plo­sive Aus­tralian 7s winger Pama Fou dur­ing train­ing. Photo: Zim­bio.

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