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Aussie men make one change for Singapore Sevens series

Dylan Pietsch, of Australia (left), during the Sydney Rugby 7s Series at Aliianz Stadium in Sydney in February.
Dylan Pietsch, of Australia (left), during the Sydney Rugby 7s Series at Aliianz Stadium in Sydney in February. PAUL MILLER

AUSTRALIA coach Andy Friend has made just one change to his squad for this weekend's Singapore Sevens, from the one that finished third in Hong Kong.

Boyd Killingworth failed the concussion return to play protocols and is replaced by Dylan Pietsch, who played with the Classic Wallabies at the Hong Kong 10s.

Pietsch is 13th man.

Hong Kong was Australia's best finish on the sevens world series this season, having finished fourth in Sydney and fifth in Dubai last year.

With three rounds remaining on the circuit, Australia (79 points) are in hot pursuit of a top-four finish, with the side currently in sixth position behind the United States (82 points) and New Zealand (97 points).

"This group has continued to improve and last week marked a real turning point for the side, showing that they can beat top-four teams when they back themselves,” Friend said.

"The challenge now is to not rest on our laurels and lift our performance this week in Singapore.

"Australia has not won a tournament since Tokyo 2012 and it is a goal this team strives to achieve every time we run out to play.”

Australia squad

Tom Lucas (c), Henry Hutchison, Simon Kennewell, Nick Malouf, Liam McNamara, James Stannard, John Porch, Tim Anstee, Tom Kingston, Ed Jenkins, Charlie Taylor, Lachie Anderson. 13th man: Dylan Pietsch.

Australia schedule (all Saturday AEST)

Australia v Samoa, 1.22pm

Australia v Kenya, 4.22pm

Australia v Argentina, 8.18pm


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