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Toulon release Cooper for Australia

Australia's rugby sevens side will be able to call on Wallabies star Quade Cooper after he received clearance from his club Toulon.

Cooper was released from the French Top 14 side in time to be selected in the 12-man squad heading to play at the Canada Sevens in Vancouver this weekend as preparations continue for the Rio Olympics.

The former Queensland Reds fly-half made his debut for the Australian side in Las Vegas as Australia finished second to Fiji.

Coach Andy Friend has made five changes to the squad that played last weekend as playmakers Lewis Holland and veteran James Stannard are recalled, with 21-year-old Conor Mitchell set for his national sevens debut.

"The team performed well last weekend but this series doesn’t wait around and as a squad we have to look forward," Friend said.

"We want to be playing for world series points at the top end of the table and in order to do so we need to consistently qualify for cup semi-finals, cup finals and ultimately win cup finals.

"We've decided to freshen things up for Vancouver in order to give players additional experience and to manage workloads.

"I feel we’re building a genuine depth in our player pool at the moment and we’re slowly getting to a stage where we can count on any of the players in the program to step into the breach.”

Australia have been drawn in Pool B for the tournament in Vancouver, where they will face, Russia, Wales and hosts Canada.