Live: Day one of the Las Vegas Sevens

Super Rugby: Blues forward Steven Luatua has been red carded following a high tackle off the ball.

Henry Hutchison of Australia celebrates with Tate McDermott after scoring a try.

The sevens world series moves to Sin City this weekend and Australia’s men’s and women’s teams are out to atone for their slow starts to the 2016-17 season.

The champion women’s team stumbled through the Sydney Sevens in February and crashed out to eventual champions Canada in the semi-finals.

They sit second behind New Zealand after two rounds of the series.

Australia’s injury-struck men’s side, meanwhile, overachieved in Sydney, also finishing fourth after losing to eventual champions South Africa in the semis.

Fortunately for both sides — particularly the men — the cavalry is back.

Key men’s playmaker Tom Lucas returns after more than a year out with injury.

So do Nick Malouf and ex-captain Ed Jenkins, who have also had a wretched run of luck with injuries

Together, the trio inject a wealth of experience into the side and will help the likes of youngsters Tim Anstee, Tate McDermott and Lachie Anderson — who excelled in Sydney.

The men take on Scotland in their first pool match and the encounter shapes as a tournament defining match, with Japan and Olympic champions Fiji to follow.

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Henry Hutchison of Australia celebrates with Tate McDermott after scoring a try.

Henry Hutchison of Australia celebrates with Tate McDermott after scoring a try.Source:Getty Images

Australia’s men’s squad: Henry Hutchison, Liam McNamara, Sam Myers, Alex Gibbon, James Stannard, Tate McDermott, Tim Anstee, Tom Lucas, Ed Jenkins, Nick Malouf, Brandon Quinn, Lachie Anderson

Australia’s men’s fixtures:

Pool round — Saturday/Sunday 4-5 March (AEDT)

Australia v Scotland, Pool D, Saturday 11.31am (AEDT)

Australia v Japan, Pool D, Saturday 2.30pm (AEDT)

Australia v Fiji, Pool D, Sunday 8.50am (AEDT)


Pool A) South Africa, Wales, France and Canada

Pool B) England, USA, Samoa and Chile

Pool C) New Zealand, Argentina, Russia and Kenya

Pool D) Australia, Fiji, Japan and Scotland


Australia star Charlotte Caslick passes the ball.

Australia star Charlotte Caslick passes the ball.Source:News Corp Australia

Olympic gold medallist Emma Tonegato, meanwhile, has recovered from injury and is the only new face to the women’s squad.

The exciting outside back claimed the player of the tournament award in Las Vegas last season and brings class and finishing ability to the team.

Because of their disappointing result in Sydney, Tim Walsh’s team have been grouped in an extremely difficult pool alongside series leaders New Zealand, Olympic semi-finalists England and Brazil.

It’s the first time the women have played alongside the men in Las Vegas Sevens.

Australia’s women’s squad: Shannon Parry (co-captain), Sharni Williams (co-captain), Georgina Friedrichs, Mahilia Murphy, Emma Tonegato, Evania Pelite, Charlotte Caslick, Chloe Dalton, Emma Sykes, Alicia Quirk, Emilee Cherry, Ellia Green

Australia’s women’s fixtures:

Pool round — Saturday 4 March (AEDT)

Australia v England — 5.07am (AEDT)

Australia v Brazil — 7.52am (AEDT)

Australia v New Zealand — 10.15am (AEDT)


Pool A) Canada, France, Russia and Argentina

Pool B) USA, Fiji, Ireland and Spain

Pool C) New Zealand, Australia, England and Brazil

TV times:

Saturday: 10:30pm AEDT, Fox Sports 4

Sunday: 6:30am AEDT, Fox Sports 1

Monday: 5am AEDT, Fox Sports 1


Originally published as Live: Day one of the Las Vegas Sevens