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Aussie sevens side looks to youth

23/11/2009 06:48:51 PM Comments (0)

Australian rugby sevens coach Michael O'Connor has named 10 rookies in his 18-man squad for the IRB World Series which kicks off next month.

Fresh talent has been injected with the likes of fullback Zack Holmes, utility back Edward Quirk and playmaker Jacob Taylor set to make their debuts in the series-opening Dubai tournament from December 4.

Quirk, at 18 the youngest member of the Australian squad, was snapped up by the Queensland Reds Academy after showcasing his talent in 2008 while representing Queensland and Australia as a schoolboy.

The program is fast becoming a pathway to the Wallabies, with former sevens star Luke Morahan last week becoming the ninth member of the current Australian squad in the UK to have made their way from the shortened form of the game.

The eight-leg tournament, which will includes a stop in Adelaide in March, involves 16 national sides.

Australian sevens team for Dubai: Robbie Coleman, Bernard Foley, Shaun Foley, Talalelei Gray, Zack Holmes, Brackin Karauria-Henry, Patrick McCutcheon (capt), Edward Quirk, Brian Sefanaia, Clinton Sills, James Stannard, Jacob Taylor.

Australian 18-man squad for the IRB Sevens World Series: Willie Bishop, Robbie Coleman, Mitchell Felseman, Bernard Foley, Shaun Foley, Liam Gills, Talalelei Gray, Zack Holmes, Ed Jenkins, Brackin Karauria-Henry, Patrick McCutcheon (capt), Edward Quirk, Brian Sefanaia, Dominic Shipperley, Clinton Sills, Kimami Situati, James Stannard, Jacob Taylor.

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