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Aussies send in strong teams

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Aussie Pearls (women) and Aussie Thunderbolts (men) domestic Sevens sides have been named to take the field at the Coral Coast Sevens in Fiji from Thursday to Saturday.

The last time the two 'A' sides played they were both victorious at the Noosa Sevens in October and coaches Michael O'Connor and Chris Lane will be looking for their players to repeat their form in Fiji.

With the men's HSBC Sevens World Series already underway and the inaugural IRB Women's Sevens World Series set to kick-off in less than a month, both coaches are utilising the tournament to expose their development teams to more game time.

For Qantas Men's Sevens coach Michael O'Connor, the tournament is invaluable preparation for Dubai.

"Our performance at the Gold Coast Sevens showed we've still got work to do, so this tournament is very timely for our Dubai preparations," O'Connor said.

"It's all about getting the guys exposed to good competition. This is a quality tournament and wouldn't be far off a World Series standard, so it's a good opportunity to see the players perform in a high-pressure environment."

Jesse Parahi will captain the Thunderbolts in place of regular captain Ed Jenkins, who is being rested due to a minor shoulder injury received during the Gold Coast Sevens.

The squad will also feature three new faces in Sunnybank's Peter Lee and University of Queensland players Harry Parker and Tom Pincus.

With some players under an injury cloud, O'Connor will be looking for his players to confirm they're ready for Dubai.

"It will be important for Dubai selections," O'Connor said.

"We've got a few injuries at the moment, so guys know if they can show form in Fiji they're a chance to play in Dubai."

Women's coach Chris Lane is also using the tournament to prepare his players for the first round of the inaugural IRB Women's Sevens World Series, which will also be held in Dubai.