Central Coast rugby union player Jesse Parahi has again been selected as part of the Australian Rugby Sevens national squad to compete at the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow from July 23.
Jesse, who hails from Avoca Beach Rugby Club, has been a regular member of the national squad since his debut in 2010. Central Coast Sevens tournament director Craig Morgan described the Central Coast Sevens ambassador as the “bull” of the forward pack due to his uncompromising style of play. The New Zealand national team has dominated the rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games since the sport’s inclusion in 1998 – winning every gold medal.
However, with players such as 15-test Wallaby Liam Gill selected, Morgan said there was a “very real chance” of a medal. The Glasgow Sevens, which kicks off on July 26, has seen Australia drawn in Pool D alongside England, Sri Lanka and Uganda. The Games will have added importance for Jesse as he looks to cement his position in the Australian Sevens squad ahead of the Olympic Games debut of rugby sevens in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
Email, 13 & 16 Jul 2014
Craig Morgan, Central