Kerevi has flown back home after his stint in Japan with the Suntory and is ready for his shot at an Olympic selection.
Lewis Holland Lachie Anderson and Tim Anstee are among the other Australian superstars making a return for their chance at an Olympic campaign and possibly a medal.
Joe Pincus will also add on to the long list of experience after recovering from his injury and Nick Malouf will be skipper for the squad.
“The attitude we took through COVID has delivered a highly competitive squad in which to select from. Players who wouldn’t have dreamt of being considered for selection are now in the mix and representing the program at an elite level,” coach Tim Walsh said in a statement.
“The addition of Samu is a welcome achievement for the program and underpins one of the program’s objectives – Retain, Recruit and Develop the best Australian rugby players.
“We are grateful for the cooperation by Suntory in making Samu an option for selection
“Our objective is to return home from Tokyo and into quarantine with a “No Regret” performance. This will only be achieved with meticulous planning and preparation as a team and as individuals.
“Townsville is a part of final preparations and will offer us an opportunity to play
against some pretty decent opposition including the Oceania Barbarians team.”
Australia will kick off the tournament against the current Olympic Champions, Fiji, before facing off with the New Zealand All Blacks and the Oceania Barbarians. The Oceania Barbarians are said to be players contracted from the 7s and XVs programs.
AUSTRALIA’S SQUAD FOR OCEANIA SEVENS CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Pama Fou
2. Nick Malouf (c)
3. Joe Pincus
4. Henry Hutchison
5. Lewis Holland
6. Lachlan Anderson
7. Josh Coward
8. Samu Kerevi
9. Dietrich Roache
10. Dylan Pietsch
11. Josh Turner
12. Lachlan Miller
13. Tim Anstee