In Rugby Betting Picks Utility back Luke Morahan is the latest Australian Sevensstar to graduate to the Qantas Wallabies after coach Robbie Deans on Monday called for Spring Tour reinforcements.
Queensland Reds recruit Morahan joins the Australian squad as additional backline cover after Stirling Mortlock (calf muscle injury) was unable to take his selected place in the touring party.
Morahan, 19, will link with the Qantas Wallabies for the final fortnight of the tour, taking in the midweek game against Cardiff between Test matches against Scotlandat Murrayfield on Saturday and Wales at Millennium Stadium on November 28.
The Gold Coast teenager made his debut on the Sevens World Serie circuit in 2008-2009, played at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai in March, and also made his Super 14debut with the Reds in April.
Shoulder damage brought an early end to his season but Morahan has since signed a full contract with the Reds for 2010.
The 19-year-old becomes the tenth member of the current Qantas Wallabies touring squad who have successfully made their way into the 15-man game via the Sevens program.
Most recently, scrumhalf Richard Kingi was plucked from the Sevens ranks after outstanding form during the IRB Sevens World Series to be the bolter in coach Robbie Deans’ Spring Tour squad.
Star flyhalf Matt Giteau cut his teeth in the shortened, free-running version of the game as did five other members of the original Qantas Wallabies squad backline – James O’Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Peter Hynes, Rob Horne (hamstring injury) and Drew Mitchell.
Number eight Richard Brown and flanker Matt Hodgson also used Sevens as a pathway into the prized gold jersey.
Morahan will fly out of Brisbane on Monday night to link with the Qantas Wallabies squad in Edinburgh.
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