Two debutants to make mark for Aussie 7s in Los Angeles

Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 11:45 PM
Rugby Australia
by Rugby Australia
Schoolboy prodigy Angus Bell is set to make his AU7s Debut. Photo: Watson
Schoolboy prodigy Angus Bell is set to make his AU7s Debut. Photo: Watson

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens squad for the LA Sevens has been named with schoolboy prodigy Angus Bell and Stu Dunbar named in the touring squad for the Los Angeles leg of the Series, kicking off next weekend.

Bell who has come up through the NSW Rugby system and represented Australia U18s on the tour to UK and Ireland last year will be a part of the touring squad for the first of two North American rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Speedster, Rod Davies returns to the squad having overcome injury and will complement Henry Hutchison on the wing.

The Aussie 7s will meet Scotland, Samoa and tournament hosts USA in the battle of Pool C as the men in gold look to gain valuable Series points as we enter the halfway mark of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Tim Walsh said: “Entering the halfway point of the Series rewards consistency reflected in World Series standings.

"In LA bettering ourselves is always key to performance and more rewarding outcomes.

"Every pool is competitive but we are pleased to have USA in the USA especially after our performance against them in Sydney.

“Stu and Angus have earned their selections through consistent training performances and positional talent. Both bring different roles tactically, mentally and physicality and we're looking forward to seeing them compete”.

With LA not being a joint the tournament with the HSBC Sevens Women’s Series, there will be quarter finals following the Pool stage.

The 13th reserve will be confirmed next week.

Qantas Australian Men's Sevens for Los Angeles 

Henry Hutchison, Randwick, 30 caps

Dylan Pietsch, Randwick, 16 caps

Rod Davies, 3 caps

Lewis Holland (vc), Queanbeyan, 51 caps

Lachlan Miller, Randwick, 10 caps

Joe Pincus, Easts (Sydney), 10 caps

Josh Turner, Manly, 4 caps

Stu Dunbar*, Sydney University

Trae Williams, 3 caps

Nick Malouf (c), University of Queensland, 38 caps

Maurice Longbottom, Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team, 18 caps

Lachlan Anderson (vc), Eastwood, 25 caps

Angus Bell*, Sydney University

*Denotes uncapped