Three changes for Aussie sevens team

Australian coach Scott Bowen has made three changes for the inaugural Cape Town Sevens this weekend.

The interim coach is keen to build player depth ahead of next year’s Rio Olympics and drafted in Boyd Killingworth and teenage flyer Henry Hutchison for their World Series debuts.

Greg Jeloudev will also link up with the squad in South Africa, while outside back Pama Fou and the experienced James Stannard are set to win their 25th World Series caps at Newlands.

Pat McCutcheon (hamstring), Tom Lucas (hamstring) and Nick Malouf (knee) have been ruled out for the two-day event which has been declared a 110,000 sell-out.

Australia fell to eventual champions Fiji in the quarter-finals in the season-opening Dubai Sevens last weekend.

“I felt last week in Dubai we created enough chances to make a real impact at the pointy end of the tournament but couldn’t execute when it counted most,” said Bowen, Australia’s interim coach.

“This is a brand new tournament and fresh opportunities for some new players to make their mark.

“There is going to be a huge crowd watching and no better place for the boys to perform and put on a show.

“Henry Hutchison, in particular, has made a real impact on the program since he joined us and he’ll be someone for fans to look out for.”

Australia currently sit sixth in the 2015-16 World Series standings.

Australian squad for Cape Town Sevens: Henry Hutchison (Randwick), Tom Kingston (Sydney University), Sam Myers (Northern Suburbs), Lewis Holland (Queanbeyan Whites), James Stannard (Brisbane Souths), Con Foley (University of Queensland), Greg Jeloudev (Sydney University), Stephan van der Walt, Boyd Killingworth (Warringah), Allan Fa’alava’au (Endeavour Hills), Pama Fou (Brisbane Souths), Tom Cusack (Canberra Royals).

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