AN improving Australia kicks off its Singapore Sevens campaign against Samoa at 1.22pm today before tackling defending champions Kenya and Argentina in pool C.
Australia coach Andy Friend has made just one change to his squad, from the one that finished a season-best third in Hong Kong.
Boyd Killingworth failed the concussion return to play protocols and is replaced by Dylan Pietsch, who played with the Classic Wallabies at the Hong Kong 10s.
Pietsch is 13th man.
With three rounds remaining on the circuit, Australia (79 points) are in hot pursuit of a top-four finish, with the side currently in sixth position behind the United States (82 points) and New Zealand (97 points).
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“This group has continued to improve and last week marked a real turning point for the side, showing that they can beat top-four teams when they back themselves,” Friend said.
“The challenge now is to not rest on our laurels and lift our performance this week in Singapore.
“Australia has not won a tournament since Tokyo 2012 and it is a goal this team strives to achieve every time we run out to play.”
Australia squad: Tom Lucas (c), Henry Hutchison, Simon Kennewell, Nick Malouf, Liam McNamara, James Stannard, John Porch, Tim Anstee, Tom Kingston, Ed Jenkins, Charlie Taylor, Lachie Anderson. 13th man: Dylan Pietsch.
Australia schedule (all Saturday AEST)
Australia v Samoa, 1.22pm
Australia v Kenya, 4.22pm
Australia v Argentina, 8.18pm
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Originally published as Live: Singapore Sevens, day one
SOURCE: newsnow sport