by Gerard Walsh
RUGBY UNION: Former Scots PGC College student Arnie Briel has returned from a shoulder injury with a long-term aim to play sevens rugby for Australia.
Last year, he played for the Queensland under-17 team in the nationals in Perth in sevens rugby.
He suffered a shoulder injury a week before the trip to Perth and aggravated the injury in the nationals.
Briel had surgery in February and only returned to the field last month for three sevens tournaments.
He is studying sports management at Bond University and played his first carnival for the Bond team in the Emmanuel International Sevens at the University of Queensland.
Briel then won the bowl grade with the Bond team at the Crosby Sevens which were put on by the Brothers club.
His third competition back was at the University Games at the Gold Coast where he scored three tries.
Bond had wins against University of NSW, University of Melbourne and University of Western Sydney and lost against the University of Canberra, University of Sydney and QUT. Briel is playing for the Icons team from Brothers in Brisbane at the Noosa Sevens this weekend.
This weekend's tournament will be the last for the year.
Briel will start pre-season training at Bond University next month.
Once the next season starts, he will play each Saturday for Bond.
He was in the First XV at Scots PGC for two years playing as a flanker and went to two state championships in 15-man rugby as part of the Darling Downs schoolboys side. Briel played some games at No. 8 for the Warwick Water Rats in 2016.
Last year, he played his first sevens club footy in Brisbane for Icons before injury struck.
"I like the 15-man game as well as sevens,” he said.
"I play in the forwards in sevens footy.”
Next year, Briel will watch some of the sevens rugby at the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast. His parents live in Warwick and when not committed to rugby he returns home once a fortnight.