Thunder Ready to Roar at Sevens

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), November 16, 2010 | Go to article overview

Thunder Ready to Roar at Sevens


RUGBY UNION: Michael O'Connor and his Australian Sevens squad will be intent on producing an improved performance at this weekend's Noosa International Sevens after a troublesome Gold Coast Sevens campaign.

Playing under their new name, the Aussie Thunderbolts lost its semi-final 15-14 to New Zealand team, Olex Taranaki Academy.

The Australian squad arrived on the Sunshine Coast yesterday and will be eager to sharpen up before the other 15 teams arrive for the Noosa event.

After Noosa, the squad has just 12 days before heading off to Dubai and the first round of the World Sevens Series.

O'Connor, who is entering his third year in charge of the young sevens stars, said he is enjoying much greater control over the squad.

"The appreciation of sevens completely changed within Australian rugby after (Wallabies coach) Robbie Deans arrived," O'Connor said.

"For the first time we had a national coach who fully supported us Co and when people discovered how enthusiastic he was, it quickly spread. …

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