Australia player Shannon Walker (L) pictured during beats the diving tackle of South Africa player Justin Geduld to score during a semi final match between New Zealand and England at the IRB Sevens rugby tournament at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast on October 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HAMILTO
Australia player Shannon Walker (L) pictured during beats the diving tackle of South Africa player Justin Geduld to score during a semi final match between New Zealand and England at the IRB Sevens rugby tournament at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast on October 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HAMILTO PATRICK HAMILTON

Walker in top form for Vegas comp

KYOGLE product Shannon Walker wants to continue his good form playing for the Australian rugby sevens team when the Sevens World Series resumes in Las Vegas this weekend.

Walker, 25, was the top try-scorer for the Australian team, in the last round in South Africa, finishing the two-day tournament with eight tries.

Injury has hampered Walker in the past but he has played in all three World Series tournaments on the Gold Coast, Dubai and South Africa this season.

However he did miss the final against New Zealand, on the Gold Coast in October, after an injury scare in the semi-final.

The Australian team will need the x-factor he brings to the side in the two-day tournament.

It has a tough draw coming up against top teams New Zealand and Fiji on the opening day on Saturday

Coach Michael O'Connor identified 2013 Australian sevens Player of the Year Con Foley and Walker as the experienced players to lead the team in the absence of injured captain Ed Jenkins.

"Rugby sevens requires athletes with specific skill sets and physical attributes," he said.

"It's great to be able to consistently select players who have these capabilities.

"Although we select squads for tournaments on its merits we have to keep competitions outside of the series in mind.

"This includes the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

"Developing the depth and talent pool to allow me to select specialist sevens players for each tournament, it builds a platform to win tournaments and gold medals."



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