ARFU Asian Sevens Series
The Asian Sevens Series was set up by the Asian Rugby Football Union in 2011 to raise the profile of the abbreviated game and help national teams prepare for the debut of rugby sevens at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Hong Kong’s Tom McQueen passed fit for Singapore Sevens
‘Lethal Weapon’ can take part in Asian series finale after recovering from shoulder injury
Fears that Hong Kong would lose lethal weapon Tom McQueen for the final leg of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series in Singapore in November abated after a troubling shoulder injury cleared up sufficiently for the winger to put off indefinitely an operation that was scheduled for late October.
McQueen, who has scored 18 tries in the first three legs of the series, was due to leave for Australia on Friday to undergo an operation, which might have meant Hong Kong playing the fourth and final leg without him.
“It is a great relief that Tom has been passed fit by the medical staff. We were in danger of losing him, but thankfully his shoulder had recovered sufficiently so that he will be available for Singapore,” said a relieved Dai Rees, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union’s head of performance and coaching.
With his deadly finishing McQueen has topped Hong Kong’s try-scoring chart and is at present only second to Japan’s sevens sensation Lomano Lemeki, 23 tries, in the try-scoring total.
The winger hurt his shoulder at the London Sevens at Twickenham in June and had been carrying his injury all summer.
“He played the first two tournaments [Asian Sevens Series] in pain and it was recommended then that he go for a shoulder operation,” Rees said. “This was scheduled for next week as there is a bit of a break until the fourth leg, but the medical opinion now is that he has improved considerably and that there was no need for an operation. This is a massive boost for us as he is a key player.”
With the Singapore Sevens turning out to be a winner-take-all affair – Hong Kong needing to defeat Japan if they meet for the fourth time in a Cup final, or finish ahead of them – Rees is hoping to have a full-strength squad to pick for the November 9-10 tournament.
Defending Asian champions Hong Kong defeated Japan 24-14 to win the India Sevens in Mumbai last Sunday and they trail Japan by one point in the overall standings.
McQueen will be back in action for Hong Kong Cricket Club in the Paul Y Engineering Premiership over the next two weeks and Rees will be hoping that the winger, and the rest of the sevens squad, all emerge unscathed as Hong Kong prepare their final assault.
“It is back to club action for the next couple of weeks but we will also have an eye on sevens training. We have got everything to play for now,” Rees said.