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Australia change one for Hong Kong

25th March 2014 09:52


Paul Asquith Aus Sevens 2013

Paul Asquith: Replaces the injured Allan Fażalavażau

Australia Sevens coach Michael O'Connor has called up Paul Asquith to the squad for this weekend's trip to Hong Kong.

Asquith comes in as a replacement after Allan Fa'alava'au was ruled out for the rest of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series with a shoulder injury. Fa'alava'au will fly back to Australia immediately and will undergo surgery on the shoulder he first hurt in Wellington last month.

Fresh from their win in the Plate Final in Tokyo on Sunday, Australia has been drawn in a tricky Pool B alongside Spain, France and new World Series leaders South Africa.

The three-day event -held from March 28 to 30 - is O'Connor's favourite on the HSBC World Series calendar.

"I'm really looking forward to Hong Kong. I love this tournament, but sadly it will be my last opportunity as Head Coach of the Australian team to lift a trophy that has eluded us for almost a quarter of a century," he told the Australian Rugby Union's official website.

"The team can take a lot of confidence out of our performance in Tokyo having only lost two games, both by narrow margins. This week it will all be about rest, recovery and review then prepare to play the Spanish, French and South Africans in Hong Kong."

In-form Cameron Clark will be looking to replicate his recent form, having been chosen in the Dream Team in Tokyo last weekend. "His defence, particularly against New Zealand, was outstanding," O'Connor said.

Captain Ed Jenkins will miss Australia's opener against Spain as he serves the final game of a three-match suspension.

Australia Sevens: Ed Jenkins, Con Foley, Jesse Parahi, Sam Myers, Paul Asquith, Peter Schuster, Greg Jeloudev, Cameron Clark, Nick Malouf, Tom Lucas, Alex Gibbon, Afa Pakalani.