Well-travelled Cusack back to boost Royals

Canberra’s Tom Cusack. Photo: Graham TidyFrom the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas to the brutal Canberra winter, Tom Cusack will make his John I Dent Cup comeback on Saturday after a whirlwind trip around the world.

Cusack has been travelling as part of the Australian sevens team and has just returned to the capital after the World Cup in Moscow.

He’s played in tournaments in Hong Kong, the United States and Russia.

But while it’s a world away from the high-profile sevens circuit, Cusack said he was excited to return to Canberra’s premier division for Royals.

Royals’ clash with Wests at Jamison Oval will be Cusack’s first game of the season.

”It’s always good to come back to Canberra,” he said. ”You’re always playing people you have either played with or against throughout your junior days.

”Motivation won’t be a problem at all, I’m looking forward to coming back. It will be good to pull on the blue jersey again.”

Cusack made his international sevens debut in January and has become a regular member of the squad.

He hopes he can earn a spot in the sevens team for the Olympic Games in 2016.

But travelling and training have forced him to put the 15-a-side game on the backburner and he hasn’t been able to suit up for the third-placed Royals this year.

Meanwhile, Tuggeranong Vikings youngster Rowan Perry is using the first-grade competition as a pathway to higher honours.

Perry was unsuccessful in his trials for the Australian under-20s side this year, but is hoping a development season in Canberra will help him earn selection next year.

”I think after playing first grade this year I will be a more mature player and have a better crack,” Perry said.

”I got picked up playing school rugby, and got invited down to the Vikings academy.

”They are a really good club, they look after all the players really well, I don’t think I could have expected anything better.”

The Vikings will play the Gungahlin Eagles when they return to the field after a two-week bye.

They are undefeated at the top of the ladder and chasing their third consecutive premiership. ”I think if everyone stays focused we should go well, but the competition is really strong this year, every game has been really tough,” Perry said.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.