Dwyer still reliant on Italian link

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 January, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 January, 1993, 12:00am

AUSTRALIAN coach Bob Dwyer is hoping his Italian connection will answer the call when he maps out the Wallabies' build-up to the Hongkong Sevens and World Cup Sevens.

Dwyer returned to his home in Sydney yesterday after Australia's encouraging performance at the Uruguay Sevens, where they finished runners-up to New Zealand.

The tournament unveiled a new Australian speedster in Barry Lea, but Dwyer is still hoping his world-class tried-and-tested duo of Michael Lynagh and David Campese can get time off from their Italian clubs to be part of the build-up.

''It is a worry at the moment because I don't know which players I will have available for Hongkong and the World Cup,'' he said. ''I hope the Italian connection will work out for us.'' He said Lea had a fine tournament, scoring six tries in five games, but he feels the youngster needs to be tested at higher levels.

''It was a good standard in Uruguay. At the top level it was not as strong as Hongkong, but at lower levels it certainly was. It was the first time Lea had played at an international tournament and he definitely has speed.'' Dwyer said the victorious New Zealand side, coached by their forward Eric Rush, were worthy winners, although they did not have their full sevens team.

Another worry for Dwyer is the Southern Hemisphere's 15-a-side Super 10 tournament, which begins between the Hongkong Sevens on March 27 and 28 and the World Cup in Scotland from April 16 to 18.

''Sevens takes second place to 15s, so availability will have a lot to do with the Super 10 event,'' he said.

Rugby fans will be able to see live coverage of tomorrow's Five Nations match between France and double Grand Slam winners England at Twickenham.

The match will be screened by STAR TV and the Hongkong Rugby Football Union club will show the match on their big screen at their Seaview Estate headquarters.