Australian Men’s Sevens coach Andy Friend has named two squads that will take part in the Central Coasts Sevens this weekend.
Australia Green and Australia Gold is essentially Australia’s best side and a development squad, respectively, with Tom Lucas set to skipper Green and Jesse Parahi, on the road back from a lengthy injury layoff, to lead Gold.
Friend said the coaching staff would use the tournament as part of final preparation for the World Series, which kicks off in Dubai on December 1.
“The Central Coast Sevens is a great tournament and brings in teams with varying rugby styles from all over the world,” Friend said.
“For us, this is about playing our best rugby and sticking to our structures as we continue to build towards the World Series.
“After our success of winning the Munich Sevens it is important that we continue our good form and keep building strongly towards Dubai.
“We have two squads, so it gives a really good opportunity to keep looking at players in match conditions against very strong competition.”
Australia Gold squad for Central Coast Sevens
Simon Kennewell, Randwick
Sam Myers, Norths (NSW)
Lachie Anderson, Eastwood
Boyd Killingworth, Warringah
Tim Anstee, Eastwood
Ed Jenkins, Aussie 7s
Tom Lucas (c), Sunnybank (QLD)
Maurice Longbottom, Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team
Ben O’Donnell, Randwick
John Porch, Norths (NSW)
Brandon Quinn, Gordon
Charlie Taylor, Aussie 7s
Australia Green squad for Central Coast Sevens
Jesse Parahi (c), Aussie 7s
Tom Connor, Warringah
Sam Croke, Randwick
Jeral Skelton, Brothers
Dan Martine, Warringah
Matt McTaggart, Eastern Suburbs
Locky Miller, Aussie 7s
James Armstrong, Sydney University
Josh Turner, Manly
Henry Cluines-Ross, Sydney University
Matt Hood, Sydney University
Greg Jelodev, Sydney University
Central Coast Sevens Men’s fixtures
11:20am AEDT – Australia Gold vs ACT Brumbies
12:20am AEDT – Australia Green vs Iconz
2:20pm AEDT – Australia Gold vs Tabadamu Fiji
3:20pm AEDT – Australia Green vs NSW Waratahs
5pm AEDT – Australia Gold vs Stars Rugby 7s USA
6pm AEDT – Australia Green vs Toloa Old Boys Tonga