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Newly appointed Qantas Men’s Sevens squad member, Luke Morahan is calling on all Rugby fans to show their support at this year’s opening round of the 2012 HSBC Sevens World Series on the Gold Coast.
Morahan, who was recently called into the Qantas Wallabies squad for their final Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Rosario this weekend, is set to star for the Qantas Men’s Sevens team the following weekend when the HSBC Sevens World Series kicks-off on the Gold Coast.
The Queensland Reds and Qantas Wallabies star is hoping to see a big crowd turn out to the 2012 Gold Coast Sevens Fever Pitch as he returns to the HSBC Sevens World Series for the first time since the 2008/2009 Series.
The first round of the Series will be at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October and features a huge line-up of on and off-field entertainment, including fancy dress, DJ, kiss cam and a sideshow alley.
“I grew up there so it’s like a home tournament for me so it will be good to see a lot of people turn up and have a good time,” Morahan said.
“It’s a good place to being playing. There’s a lot of support there and they like their Rugby.
“Obviously playing in your home country and your home town is great, there’s no jet lag so you’re ready to go. Training there for the last couple of months is definitely a big help too.
Another huge positive for the team was their recent win at the Oceania Sevens held at North Sydney Oval on 25 and 26 August this year, earning them a spot at the Rugby Sevens World Cup to be held in Moscow next year.
Both the World Cup and the 2012/2013 Sevens World Series will be good preparation in the lead up to the Olympics in Rio in 2016 where men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens will debut.
Having had a taste of what an Olympic Games would be like within the Rugby Sevens team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Morahan said the prospect of being able to play Rugby at an Olympics is exciting.
“Being part of the Commonwealth Games and seeing all the other countries there, it’s not something you get to do too much as a Rugby player so it has given me a taste of what it would be like and it’s something I’d love to do if I had the opportunity,” Morahan said.
“Rugby Sevens wasn’t very big when I was starting out. It’s become more serious with the Commonwealth Games, the World Cup and the Olympics now so it’s starting to gain a bit more momentum.
“It creates another option for people who want to get into Rugby and can use it as a pathway to get into a Super Rugby team or the Wallabies or higher up. So I think it’s a good stepping stone and fine tunes your skills for the game of Rugby.
Morahan’s Rugby Sevens career has been played between the traditional fifteen-a-side game having been part of the Australian Men’s Sevens teams at the 2008/2009 Sevens World Series and the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
His first experience with Rugby Sevens came when playing Club Rugby in Brisbane where he was asked to attend Rugby Sevens trials and training camps.
As a member of the 2012 Qantas Wallabies squad and the 2011 Super Rugby-winning St.George Queensland Reds, Morahan will be a huge bonus for the Qantas Men’s Sevens team when they kick off the HSBC World Sevens Series at Gold Coast Sevens Fever Pitch on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October.
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