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LAFAYETTE, CO. - With training set to begin this week, Head Coach Mike Friday and the Men's Eagles Sevens announce updates to the injury ridden squad. Headlining the updates, Stephen Tomasin, who went down in Sydney with a knee injury, is clear to be selected for Hong Kong Sevens. Forced to sit out for the past three HSBC World Sevens Series stops, Tomasin may now be fully considered for the upcoming tournament.
"I'm feeling good," said Tomasin, making an overall assessment on his physical and mental health since injury. "I took a couple weeks off to let my knee settle down from the initial trauma. Since then, we've been building into this week and I'm looking forward to testing it in our camp."
Along with Tomasin, Madison Hughes, Maka Unufe and Joe Schroeder have all had to miss tournaments. Hughes, who also went down in Sydney with a knee injury, will not be considered for Hong Kong so he can continue rehabilitation. Unufe, who suffered a bruised thigh in Las Vegas, is hopeful for selection but not confirmed; while Joe Schroeder will be out for the rest of the season to undergo surgery on a shoulder injury from Las Vegas.
The Men's Sevens currently sit at sixth in the HSBC World Sevens Series Standings after winning USA Sevens for the first time and finishing fourth at Canada Sevens. Hong Kong Sevens is set to run April 6-8 with the Eagles drawn in Pool D. The roster will be finalized following the conclusion of high-performance camps this week, while matches will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN 3 with updates available by following @USARugby on Twitter.