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sam myers cleared to play sydney sevens and keen to make most of home conditions

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sam myers cleared to play sydney sevens and keen to make most of home conditions

australian captain sam myers has been cleared to line up at the sydney sevens this weekend and is hopeful a vociferous home crowd and some weather might help exact revenge on new zealand after their three-point defeat in last year's final. 

myers suffered a corked shoulder at the wellington sevens over the weekend and initially feared the worst but was stoked about being given the all clear when speaking at a captains' p o opportunity in front of the sydney harbour bridge on wednesday. 

australian captain sam myers and new zealand skipper scott curry at the launch of the sydney sevens.
australian captain sam myers and new zealand skipper scott curry at the launch of the sydney sevens.  p o: julian andrews

"i'm fit to go," myers said. "got the results in for my scans and it's nothing more than a major cork in the shoulder so that's all green light, so it's good. it's a matter of icing it." 

looking past the fact australia will field an inexperienced side and their poor performances of late, myers believes the boost of a home crowd could be beneficial. 

sam myers is hoping the weather heats up at the sydney sevens this weekend.
sam myers is hoping the weather heats up at the sydney sevens this weekend. p o: getty images

"it (a home crowd a ntage) maybe swings the referee's calls a few times if they're 50-50." myers said. "it's good to get out there and it really lifts you when you're in that huddle before the whistle." 

australia have scotland and papua new guinea in their draw but the asterisks will definitely be next to new zealand after their come-from-behind 27-24 win over the aussies in last year's decider at allianz stadium.

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the thunderbolts have beaten new zealand since and would rather play the ball, not the jersey, in their bid to make a quarter-final after falling short in the last two tournaments. 

"you could say that but revenge was in dubai against new zealand and we got over them," myers said. "we erased that game (in sydney last year). it does hurt but you just want to go out there and do your processes right and you'll get results if you want to go out there beating someone. 

"that's our first game. that's the one we'll look forward to now but if you don't turn up on the day any team can win which is a good, strong competition. we've got scotland and papua new guinea and they're all good teams." 

weather is expected on sunday with the mercury set to climb to 37 degrees; far from ideal weather to play the physically draining sport that is rugby sevens. 

for the northern hemisphere sides – think england, scotland and canada – the oppressive heat might be a shock to the system come the business end of the tournament. 

for the australians, they should be less affected. they have undergone training ps in darwin in similar temperatures, something myers rec s will come in handy. 

"we can only hope (it will be that )," myers said. "we're happy to see the 37, we don't really mind. weather shouldn't affect you, it's all in your mind. we've been training in 37 degree heat. hopefully we can go all right with it and cope with it." 

as for new zealand captain scott curry, there was a lump in his throat the moment he found out just how it could be on sunday.

"we don't get 37 degrees in new zealand ever. it'll be tough for us," curry said. "i was just talking to sam myers… it'll be tough but it's the same for all teams. we just have to deal with that.

"in terms of australia, they're going to fight really hard and they've got some really good players, some guys that have been there for a while now, so we'll be in for a tough fight against them. 

"our goal is to come to win. whenever we put on a black jersey, it's to win the tournament so we can't focus too far ahead and we're just looking at the first game against australia."