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Cusack starts on long road to Rio

Australian Rugby sevens player Tom Cusack.

Australian Rugby sevens player Tom Cusack. Photo: Graham Tidy

FIRST Wellington, then the Olympics - Tom Cusack will take the first step on his journey to the Rio de Janeiro Games when he makes his international sevens debut in New Zealand next week.

But the Canberra teenager admits he still has a desire to break into Super Rugby and play for the ACT Brumbies in coming years.

After a year of training with Michael O'Connor's sevens squad, Cusack will get his chance to shine at one of the biggest sevens tournaments on the world circuit.

Tickets to the two-day Wellington series sold out in 17 minutes with more than 14,000 fans set to create a party atmosphere at Westpac Stadium.

With sevens being added to the Olympic program for the 2016 Games in Rio, Cusack has his eyes on impressing coach O'Connor and cementing his place.

''Rio is definitely on the cards, but four years is a long time and I'm only young,'' Cusack said.

''It's still an unknown on where I will be, what I'll be doing or if I'll still be in sevens.

''I'm still new to the game and I'm enjoying it at this stage and the Olympics is a big lure, but four years is a long time to be going with it.''

O'Connor will name his 12-man squad on Saturday for the Wellington tournament.

The team will go into camp before they play from February 1-2.

The sevens series features rising rugby stars from around the world with tournaments in Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Gold Coast, Japan, Dubai, Scotland and England.

Queanbeyan junior Lewis Holland has established himself as a regular in the squad while former Wests flyer Pama Fou and ex Tuggeranong back-rower Jesse Parahi will also travel to New Zealand.

It is a giant step for Cusack, the former Marist College student who used to throw up before every match he played. He was an Australian Schoolboys representative in 2010 and 2011, and played for the Australian under-20s team last year.

The powerful No.8 will move to Sydney next year.

In previous years, sevens players have trained by themselves around Australia with occasional camps at the AIS before tournaments.

But with the Olympics taking priority, the squad will be based in Sydney and Brisbane to help it chase a gold medal in Rio.

''This is a learning curve for me and it could shoot off and I could be doing it for a number of years,'' Cusack said.

''I'm really enjoying the opportunity to play sevens and travel. Ultimately I'd like to play Super 15 and, as a local, would like to play with the Brumbies.

''But the sevens is exciting, the crowds are big and the atmosphere is great.

''This will be the biggest crowd I've ever played in, but I'm not nervous. I used to throw up before every game but I've stopped that now.''


Cameron Clark, Ben Adams, Con Foley, Sean McMahon, Pama Fou, Jordan Tuapou, Allan Fa'alava'au, Tom Cusack, Will Miller, Shannon Walker, Jesse Parahi, Lewis Holland.

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TGA 10vs GEO 17 Report Stats
IRE 50vs CAN 7 Report Stats
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SAF 32vs JPN 34 Report Stats
FRA 32vs ITA 10 Report Stats
SAM 25vs USA 16 Report Stats
WAL 54vs URU 9 Report Stats
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NZL 26vs ARG 16 Report Stats
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SCO 45vs JPN 10 Report Stats
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FRA 38vs ROM 11 Report Stats
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NZL 58vs NAM 14 Report Stats
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ARG 54vs GEO 9 Report Stats
ITA 23vs CAN 18 Report Stats
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SAF 46vs SAM 6 Report Stats
ENG 25vs WAL 28 Report Stats
AUS 65vs URU 3 Report Stats
SCO 39vs USA 16 Report Stats
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IRE 44vs ROM 10 Report Stats
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TGA 35vs NAM 21 Report Stats
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WAL 23vs FJI 13 Report Stats
FRA 41vs CAN 18 Report Stats
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NZL 43vs GEO 10 Report Stats
SAM 5vs JPN 26 Report Stats
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SAF 34vs SCO 16 Report Stats
ENG 13vs AUS 33 Report Stats
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ARG 45vs TGA 16 Report Stats
IRE 16vs ITA 9 Report Stats
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CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45Leicester City Stadium
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
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SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
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NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
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AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00Leicester City Stadium
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ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
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Wales 3 3 0 0 58 13
England 3 1 2 0 1 6
Fiji 3 0 3 0 -49 0
Uruguay 2 0 2 0 -107 0
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Scotland 3 2 1 0 40 10
Japan 3 2 1 0 -12 8
Samoa 3 1 2 0 -52 4
USA 2 0 2 0 -32 0
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Argentina 3 2 1 0 64 10
Tonga 3 1 2 0 -22 6
Georgia 3 1 2 0 -71 4
Namibia 2 0 2 0 -58 0
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Ireland 3 3 0 0 84 14
France 3 3 0 0 72 14
Italy 3 1 2 0 -24 5
Canada 3 0 3 0 -71 1
Romania 2 0 2 0 -61 0
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