News in Brief
Turner bolsters Australian 7s squad
August 17, 2010
Wallabies winger Lachie Turner is a high-profile addition to the Australia 7s squad
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- Wallabies winger Lachie Turner will head Australia's charge for Sevens gold at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October after being included in coach Michael O'Connor's 12-man squad.
Turner, who has some previous experience in the shortened version of the game, joins Super 14 Rookie of the Year Pat McCabe, Western Force winger Nick Cummins and Wallabies 2009 spring tourist Luke Morahan as four fresh faces in the Games team among seasoned Sevens campaigners who competed during the recent IRB Sevens World Series. NSW Waratahs recruit Patrick McCutcheon reassumes the captaincy from James Stannard after missing the final two legs of the Sevens World Series to compete in the Super Rugby finals. The Sevens competition will take place at Delhi University on October 11-12.
Squad: Robbie Coleman, Nick Cummins, Bernard Foley, Liam Gill, Pat McCabe, Pat McCutcheon, Luke Morahan, Nick Phipps, Brian Sefanaia, Kimami Sitauti, James Stannard, Lachie Turner.
- Leinster wing Luke Fitzgerald is in line to play his first game since November in his side's pre-season clash with Wasps on Friday. Fitzgerald has been out of action since suffering knee ligament damage in Ireland's Test against Australia. Fergus McFadden is also in the Leinster squad for the Donnybrook game after missing Ireland's summer tour because of injury.
- London Wasps have confirmed that Academy winger Christian Wade has signed a new three-year contract with the Premiership club. The England Under 20s and Sevens talent, who was recently named in the England training squad for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, will complete his final year in the Academy next season before stepping up to the senior squad at the start of 2011-12.
- Samoan international Junior Poluleuligaga is determined play his part as the Exeter Chiefs prepare for their maiden voyage in the Aviva Premiership. The 29-year-old scrum-half - more commonly known as Polu - heads to Sandy Park following spells previously with Waikato Chiefs, North Harbour and Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, as well as short stints at Toulon and also Harlequins.
"Personally, I hope to bring something different to the side, but also I hope to bring my experience as well. I've been around for a while, played for a few teams around the world, so I have a lot of experience and leadership to bring to the team," he said. "It's an exciting time to come to the club and I guess it's made me even more hungry to come and play. The Chiefs have offered me a contract and now I am just determined to repay that faith they have shown in me."
- The Bulls have been boosted by news that captain Gary Botha will not require surgery following an injury picked up against Western Province over the weekend.
However, the South Africa hooker will have to sit out the next four weeks after medial ligament damage he suffered during the Currie Cup encounter. Botha has not played for the Springboks since 2007, but his form since returning to the Loftus Versfeld unit from Harlequins at the start of this season has seen him push for a place in Peter de Villiers' side. Team doctor Org Strauss said, "He will recover through rehabilitation."