Former Alstonville/Wollongbar rugby player, Ben Corindas.
Former Alstonville/Wollongbar rugby player, Ben Corindas. The Northern Star

Former Pioneer Ben Coridas now in Australian Seven

THE representative honours keep coming for Ben Coridas, with the former Wollongbar-Alstonville rugby player named in the Australian Sevens squad.

Coridas travels to Canberra today to join the 18-man squad for a training camp before flying out on the weekend for the opening two rounds of the IRB Sevens World Series 2008/09 in Dubai and George, South Africa.

Speaking yesterday after training with the NSW Waratahs, Coridas said he was looking forward to the furious pace of the game.

“I'm not really sure what to expect,” he said.

“I played (Sevens) a couple of times at Alstonville High.

“I've only played Sevens twice this year so it's all pretty new to me.”

The Junior Wallabies flanker will also have to adapt to a new position.

“I think I'm playing prop or hooker because they've only got three in the scrum,” he said.

“Other than from set plays, it's pretty much that the team all plays the one position.”

The faster format of the game will also help Coridas prepare for the Super 14 season.

“With the new (Super 14) rules it's a faster game and they want the flankers in the Waratahs to be fitter,” he said.

“But in itself, I'll be taking the Sevens seriously.”

The Australian Sevens coach, dual international, Michael O'Connor has a big job ahead of him to get the team right ahead of the Dubai tournament on November 28-29.

Defending champions New Zealand, Wales and Zimbabwe have been drawn in the same pool as Australia.



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