Hong Kong Sevens teams begin naming their squads

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Fiji, South Africa, Australia and Wales have all announced changes to their squad as they prepare to do battle for the most famous Sevens title of them all.


Defending tournament champions Fiji make two changes from the side that won in Tokyo last weekend, with Joeli Lutumailagi and Samu Saqiwa replacing Jasa Veremalua and Leo Naikasau.

In the same pool, Rhys Jones of Wales will also miss this weekend's event having been in injured in Tokyo. His replacement is yet to be confirmed.

Former IRB Sevens Player of the Year Cecil Afrika has returned to the South Africa squad. Afrika, who has now recovered fully from a hamstring niggle, replaces Steven Hunt and his addition will further strengthen the Blitzboks in the crucial positions of flyhalf and sweeper.

South Africa lead the Series heading into round seven, having made five consecutive finals.

“It’s great to have Cecil back because he was in very good form before his injury. It is unfortunate that Steven Hunt has to make way, but Cecil is a very important player for us. He will assist Branco (du Preez) and Justin (Geduld) in the key positions of playmaker and sweeper, which are important attacking positions,” said coach, Neil Powell.

Australia coach Michael O'Connor has called up Paul Asquith to replace Allan Fa'alava'au for the tournament in So Kon Po. Fa'alava'au will fly back to Australia immediately to undergo surgery on the shoulder he first hurt in Wellington, round five of the Series, and has been ruled out for the remainder of this season.

"I'm really looking forward to Hong Kong," said head coach O'Connor. "I love this tournament, but sadly it will be my last opportunity as head coach of the Australian team to lift a trophy that has eluded us for almost a quarter of a century."