Rugby Union: Aussie men's sevens aiming to improve on opening round fifth

John Porch and his Australian Men’s Sevens side will be striving to take a spot in the top four when the Sevens World Series moves onto Capetown this weekend.

Speedster Matthew Hood has been promoted into the starting squad following an impressive performance as injury cover last week, with Jeral Skelton called in to the team for the injured Ed Jenkins.

The Aussie 7s have been placed in Pool B alongside New Zealand, Spain, and USA, ensuring a tight battle to make the Quarter Finals of the tournament.  

“As a squad we talked last week how we needed to win more of the Championship moments and that is our aim for this weekend,” Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said.

“We played some really good Rugby last round, now the challenge is to step up our game and finish off the key moments in what will be a tough pool in Cape Town.

“Matthew Hood came on and had some good involvements last week and I am excited to see Jeral Skelton make his World Series debut. He is a really exciting young talent with a lot of ability and potential in Sevens.

“The USA, New Zealand and Spain have three contrasting styles of play, but we are raring to go and finish off 2017 strongly heading into the HSBC Sydney 7s at home.”  

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Fixtures, Cape Town:

Saturday 9 December – Australia v Spain, 8.43pm AEDT

Sunday 10 December – Australia v USA, 12.04am AEDT, Australia v New Zealand, 4.12am AEDT