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Ex-Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper headlines Australia rugby sevens squad 2023-24

Former Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper is ready to make his rugby sevens debut in Perth in January after being official confirmed within the Australian males’s squad.

After being missed for the Wallabies’ disastrous Rugby World Cup marketing campaign earlier this 12 months, the 125-Take a look at veteran set his sights on a brand new problem and is concentrating on a spot within the sevens crew for 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Now 32, Hooper, who has solely performed in a single sevens match as a young person, will spend the following few months getting up to the mark and can miss the primary two rounds of the World Sevens Sequence in Dubai (December 2-3) and Cape City (December 9-10).

The previous flanker is ready to make his first look within the third spherical in Perth from January 26-28.

Aussie males’s Sevens coach John Manenti with Michael Hooper. (Photograph by Nicholas Ward/ Rugby Australia)

The 16-man Australian squad, named on Tuesday, will use the season to arrange for the Paris Olympics in July, after qualifying earlier this 12 months.

Nick Malouf has returned as captain following an injury-disrupted 2022-23 season, whereas Henry Hutchison is again after virtually a 12 months sidelined with a knee damage.

Ben Dowling will chase Olympic choice after a season with the NSW Waratahs whereas spectacular winger Hadley Tonga is recent into this system after just lately ending 12 months 12.

Tonga is ready to overlook subsequent month’s opening legs of the tour in Dubai and Cape City, however the Waratahs signed teenage sensation ran the 100m in lower than 11 seconds in school. Fellow flyer Henry Palmer, who’s one in every of 5 improvement gamers within the wider squad, is one other to look out for.

King’s College exterior again Hadley Tonga has signed a three-year cope with Australia’s sevens crew. Photograph: Instagram

Queenslander Hayden Sargeant, who made his debut in spherical six in Los Angeles this 12 months, and Michael Icely, who received the 2023 Ken Catchpole award as greatest participant in Sydney’s Shute Defend, have each been included on full-time contracts for the primary time.

“I’m thrilled with the group we’ve,” coach John Manenti mentioned in an announcement. 

“We’re beginning to construct some actual consistency with the core of the group, whereas including high quality by means of some new faces.

“I’m over the moon to have the ability to welcome again Henry Hutchison into the taking part in squad – an ACL damage at all times checks a participant’s resolve to return again, and Hutch’has labored his tail off to get again.

“Hadley is among the most fun younger gamers in rugby – he’s super-fast and very elusive. He’s solely younger, however I feel he could make an actual impression this 12 months.”

In a revamped competitors, the squad will play eight rounds of the world sequence with the final in Madrid from Could 31 to June 2, which is a “winner takes all” remaining in addition to a promotion-relegation battle for the underside 4 groups.

The 12-nation competitors will likely be minimize to eight after the penultimate spherical in Singapore from Could 3-5, with these groups taking part in the highest 4 of the second-tier challenger sequence to win a spot within the main league. 

The Australian males completed fifth within the 2022-23 standings, with New Zealand topped champions.

Australian males’s sevens squad: Ben Dowling, Dally Chicken, Dietrich Roache, Hadley Tonga, Hayden Sargeant, Henry Hutchison, Henry Paterson, James Turner, Josh Turner, Matt Gonzalez, Maurice Longbottom, Michael Hooper, Michael Icely, Nathan Lawson, Nick Malouf (c), Tim Clements.

With workers writers



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