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Australian Women's Sevens make history in France

29 May 2016

RUGBY SEVENS: The Qantas Australian Women's Sevens team are the 2015-16 Women's Sevens World Series champions.

The Australians are the first Sevens team from this country to win a World Series title - Men or Women - in the abbreviated form of the game.

Australia, coached by former Sevens representative Tim Walsh, beat Spain (35-0) in a one-sided Cup Quarter-Final in Clermont-Ferrand, France to ensure they cannot be overtaken on the World Series ladder by New Zealand.

Needing to win its Cup Quarter-Final against Spain to secure the World Series, the Aussies dominated from start to finish. Emilee Cherry settled any nerves with a try on four minutes before Evania Pelite double the advantage two minutes later to give her side a 14-point advantage at the break.

Further tries from Chloe Dalton, Cherry again and Charlotte Caslick put the seal on a commanding performance.

Qantas Australian Women's Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh said: "It's been the product of three years of hard work which has culminated in this World Series win. It's really valuable for us as we prepare for Rio.

"I'm really proud of the team and we're so grateful for the support we have had from friends and family all over the world.

"Were we nervous going into the game? Nothing really phases this group - they're a class bunch of players and as the sport grows and grows the pressure on them will only grow. I really think we can handle the pressure."

Co-captain Sharni Williams said: "It's pretty awesome. We set these little goals as a team and I'm so proud and excited. We always respect the jersey when we go out there and we love representing our country."

Fellow co-captain Shannon Parry added: "After a good day one we went into today with a lot of confidence. Walshy [Tim Walsh] instills into us the need to go through the processes to get the outcome we want and we just follow them.

"I'm extremely proud to be part of the program and we're all so grateful that the ARU had the confidence to make us full-time a couple of years ago. Hopefully we're repaying that faith."

Australia play New Zealand in the Cup Semi-Final in the early hours of tomorrow morning, a game which will be streamed on worldrugby.org.

Australia is just the second team to win the Women's Sevens World Series with New Zealand having won the previous three (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15).

Rugby Sevens makes its debut in the Summer Olympics program in Rio in August, with the Women's competition played on the first three days of competition (6-8 August).

Qantas Australian Women's Sevens results in Clermont-Ferrand, France, 28-29 May:
Australia 34-0 Fiji, Pool C, 8.28pm AEST (28 May)
Australia 40-5 Ireland, Pool C, 11.12pm AEST (28 May)
Australia 19-12 France, Pool C, 1.56am AEST (29 May)
Australia 35-0 Spain, Cup Quarter-Final

Qantas Australian Women's Sevens fixture in Clermont-Ferrand, France, 30 May:
Australia v New Zealand, Cup Semi-Final, 12.53am AEST

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