Fiji, who make three changes from the side that lost to Samoa in the final of the HSBC Paris Sevens, need just eight points to claim the series title
Hayne added as final squads for series finale in London declared
After nine enthralling rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the season reaches its climax this weekend. On the eve of the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham the final squads have been confirmed for the 16 competing teams.
With much talk about Jarryd Hayne since his move from the San Francisco 49ers to join up with the series leaders Fiji this week, the former NRL and NFL star comes in as a late injury replacement alongside Masivesi Dakuwaqa, replacing Vatemo Ravouvou and Pio Tuwai who were ruled out by the Tournament Team Doctor.
Fiji, who make three changes from the side that lost to Samoa in the final of the HSBC Paris Sevens, need just eight points to claim the series title which they would secure by booking their place in the Cup quarter-finals on day one.
“I think with the Olympics coming up, and also the curiosity to playing the game, being half Fijian it (rugby sevens) is something I’ve followed since I was a kid,” said Hayne.
“My Dad is Fijian and we watched a lot of Serevi games, and William Ryder was a big idol of mine. I have always dreamt about playing sevens for Fiji and I’ve been given the opportunity.
“It is a team that plays with a lot of spirit and a lot of faith. You don’t really see that in teams around the globe. I’ve played for many different teams at the highest level and Fiji is a special nation and a special country to play for.”
Elsewhere Marcus Watson returns to the England side for the first time this season having been named in the Team GB training squad. They also welcome back Dan Norton, Phil Burgess and Tom Mitchell for their home tournament where they face Fiji, Australia and Wales in a familiar looking pool.
Rugby World Cup 2015 star Juan Imhoff replaces Santiago Cordero for Argentina, while DJ Forbes misses out on selection for the All Blacks Sevens and therefore remains tied with Uale Mai on a record 79 series events.
One record that could be broken this weekend is that of the all-time top try scorer with Collins Injera of Kenya just three tries behind Santiago Gomez Cora’s record of 230. Interestingly Injera scored his 200th career try at Twickenham last year, and also scored his first-ever try in London.