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Aussie 7s looking to finish World Series on a winning note

16 June 2017

RUGBY SEVENS:The Australian Women’s Sevens squad for the last leg of the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series in Clermont Ferrand, France has been named with Head Coach Tim Walsh announcing a full-strength side for the tournament.

After impressing with her performance at the Canada Sevens, Cassie Staples has been rewarded with her second cap for Australia as she continues to impress in her Rugby development.

The Aussie 7s currently sit in third position on the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series ladder, behind Canada on points difference. Both teams sit on 82 points with New Zealand in the lead on 96 points.

Returning to the side will be Evania Pelite who has recovered from a knee injury adding some extra pace to the Australian backs.

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach, Tim Walsh said: “We know we haven’t performed to the standards we strive for this season and we have to own and live with that as we look towards the next HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series.

“We have a chance in Clermont Ferrand to finish the 2017 season the way we ended the 2016 season.

“We came into this season as the hunted and now we are the hunters again. The bitter taste of winning silver and bronze, with some complacency from winning gold has been the difference.

“We have talked about the need to win every moment of the matches we play and we know we face these challenges in a tough pool.”

Australia has Spain, Fiji and France in Pool C with the first match kicking off on Saturday 24 June at 9.28pm AEST.

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Fixture, Clermont Ferrand:
Saturday 24 June
Australia v Spain, 9.28pm AEST
Sunday 25 June
Australia v Fiji, 12.12am AEST
Australia v France 3.18am AEST

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Squad:
1.Shannon Parry (C) 22 caps, Hometown Brisbane QLD
2.Sharni Williams (C), 21 caps, Hometown: Batlow NSW
3.Emma Sykes, 4 caps, Hometown: Sunshine Coast QLD
4. Demi Hayes, 3 caps, Hometown: Mount Isa QLD
5.Dominique Du Toit, 4 caps Hometown: Toowoomba QLD
6. Evania Pelite, 12 caps, Hometown: Caboolture QLD
7. Charlotte Caslick, 21 caps, Hometown: Brisbane QLD
8.Chloe Dalton, 15 caps, Hometown: Sydney NSW
9.Brooke Walker, 4 caps, Hometown: Gold Coast QLD 
10. Alicia Quirk, 21 caps, Hometown: Wagga Wagga NSW
11.Emilee Cherry, 23 caps, Hometown: Roma QLD
12. Cassandra Staples, 2 caps, Hometown: Bateman’s Bay NSW
13.Tiana Penitani, 17 caps, Hometown: Sydney NSW

Australian Rugby Union

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