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Australian 7s Team Lose Playmaker Maurice Longbot­tom

Longbottom has been ruled out with a hamstring injury while Josh Coward (ankle) is another casualty from the team that lined-up at the Sydney Sevens.
27 Feb 2019 10:00
Australian 7s Team Lose Playmaker Maurice Longbot­tom
Maurice Longbottom

The Australian 7s team suf­fered a setback before the USA 7s kicks-off in Las Ve­gas on Saturday.

The Aussies who are pooled with the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team will be without diminutive gamebreaker Maurice Longbot­tom.

Longbottom has been ruled out with a hamstring injury while Josh Coward (ankle) is another casualty from the team that lined-up at the Sydney Sevens.

Australian 7s coach Tim Walsh has brought in former Junior Wallabies flyer Liam McNamara and Sydney product Matthew Hood as his replacements.

Australia will face Wales, Scot­land and Fiji in Pool D.

Australia (47 points) are sixth in the World Series be­hind New Zealand, USA (both 76), Fiji (72), South Africa (57) and England (55).

“The next two legs of the series presents a great opportunity for this squad to attack for HSBC Sevens World Series points as we cross into the halfway point,” Walsh told news.com.au.

“The team has had a good look at Hamilton and Sydney and we have addressed some key perfor­mance areas.

“Liam McNamara is an aggres­sive attacking player, has a great rugby brain and he is ready to lead the players around the field in his ball playing role.

“Matt is one of the most explo­sive players in our wider squad and has been breaking down the selection door to be included in the 12.”

Edited by Grace Narayan

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