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Newcomer Ahmad Harajly has been named to the roster for the next tournament on the HSBC Sevens World Series Feb. 6-7 in Wellington, New Zealand. The young Detroit Tradesman was discovered via the open recruitment camp a couple of weeks ago, asked to stick around for last week's High Perfomance camp, and selected for his World Series debut.
When the Eagles return to American soil following Wellington 7s, Harajly will move to the USA Falcons to get more playing time. He is not expected to be a frontline starter for the Eagles in Wellington, or Las Vegas, so he'll benefit greater from more minutes in the Las Vegas Invitational than riding the pine in the main event.
"I need him to play six games of rugby rather than playing two or three minutes here and there, which he will be doing as part of the squad that goes to Wellington," USA head coach Mike Friday told Rugby Today.
Pat Blair, who is missing his first tournament of the season in Wellington, will replace Harajly on the Eagles roster in Las Vegas.