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MALOUF RETURNS FROM UK TO BOLSTER SQUAD UNDER COACH TIM WALSH
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The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team have bolstered their stocks ahead of the Tokyo Olympics with the squad starting to take shape under coach Tim Walsh.
Nick Malouf, who played for the Men's Sevens at the Rio Olympic Games, will return to Australian shores following a two-year stint in the English Premiership with Leicester where the 25-year old featured prominently on the wing.
Malouf knocked back offers in Europe, instead opting to return to Australian shores with the Men’s Sevens program until the end of 2020 while youngster Joe Pincus has also committed his future.
Qantas Australian Men’s coach Tim Walsh said: “Nick is a proven performer on the Sevens circuit and his experience in the UK will no doubt be beneficial to his maturity as a professional athlete.
"His desire to return to the Sevens program after a very successful stint with Leicester shows the level of talent we are now attracting. The Sevens program is quickly becoming an attractive career choice for rugby players.
“Competitive salaries, world class competitions, international travel and the opportunity to compete at the world’s biggest sporting event, the Olympics.
“Joe is a great young talent too, who will come into his own over the next 18 months. We’ve tried to gradually introduce him but his World Series debut isn’t far away if he continues to knuckle down,” Walsh said.
Returning Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens forward Nick Malouf said: “I’ve been lucky enough to have a fantastic year at Leicester, playing in the Premiership and against some of the top clubs in Europe.
“It’s allowed me to tick off some personal goals in the 15 a-side game, look at Rugby from a new perspective and learn so much from the coaching staff and boys in the team like Matty Toomua, Manu (Tuilagi) and Taity (Matthew Tait).
“The time was right to move back to Australia and with the results you’ve seen this year, I’m incredibly motivated to help contribute to the growth and success of the Sevens program over the next few years as the team builds towards Tokyo,” Malouf said.
The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team depart for London at the end of the month for the final two legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series, with Tim Walsh’s side currently fourth on the standing.
Club: University of QLD
Australian Sevens debut: Dubai, 2012
Australian Sevens caps: 28
Australian Sevens points: 210 (42 tries)
Club: Easts NSW