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Sevens star Henry Paterson is enjoying his opportunity at the Commonwealth Games knowing how quickly it can be taken out.

Paterson broke into the Tokyo Olympics squad after impressing in practice and at Oceania Sevens, although he has yet to make his World Series debut.

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Unfortunately for the 25-year-old, an injury forced him to pull out of the squad at the last minute, leaving him wondering what his next step would be.

With its future uncertain, the Sevens program has stuck with product Easts, named as one of eight full-time members of the program.

After his Dubai debut, Paterson established himself as a regular starter before producing a game-winning performance against New Zealand to claim the London title.

“It was heartbreaking,” he said Rugby.com.au.

“It was really hard at first. A dream life removed and uncertain with my future veneer footy.

“Luckily RA reached out and showed some confidence in us for next season and I was able to focus on recovery and playing some football.

“It snowballed into playing good football this year and a successful tour of London and hopefully some success at the Comm Games.

“It’s unreal (to be named to the team now). It’s been a great year and some success in the Comm games is going to top it off.”

After last year’s disappointments, you would understand if Paterson had taken every precaution to ensure he was fit and ready to go to Birmingham.

However, this refuses to play on his mind, knowing that they must push themselves to the limit if they wish to come back with a medal.

“I don’t think you can (be too careful),” he believes.

“There are urges to do it, but I think Jonny (Manenti) really focused on everybody training really hard. Going to the Commonwealth Games is not enough, we want to win.

“To do that, we need a very strong training block and from there the performance will come.”

Paterson is one of 12 Commonwealth Games debutants and one of six new faces at the Olympics, reflecting on what it was like to represent his country.

“It’s really special,” Patterson explained.

“You start thinking about your ‘why’ and why you’re doing it, to be able to represent my country and make my family and my partner proud, they’re the people I think about that got me to this point.

“To see them so happy with my success, that’s what it’s all about.”


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