• Home
  • News
  • Skipper and students combine for Sevens World Series

Skipper and students combine for Sevens World Series

13 March 2013

RUGBY SEVENS: Women’s Sevens coach Chris Lane has welcomed back two players from injury, while introducing two high school students to the national team, with the naming of his squad for tournaments in Hong Kong and China.
 
In all, Lane has made four changes to his side that finished third in Houston, with Rebecca Tavo headlining the changes as she returns from injury to captain the side once again.
 
Emilee Cherry will also return to the side for the first time since Dubai, overcoming a training injury which kept her out of contention for the Houston Sevens.
 
While Lane was happy to give other players opportunities in their absence, he said it was great to welcome Cherry and Tavo back.
 
“They are two world class players,” Lane said.
 
“It was a good experience to go to Houston without them and build depth, but their return adds a lot of experience and a lot of ability to the team.”
 
The tour will see two new caps added to the Australian Sevens ranks, with Sydney high school students Tiana Penitani and Brooke Anderson being named to the side following injuries to Houston squad members d’Arcy Sadler and Gemma Etheridge.
 
Anderson and Penitani are no strangers to international Sevens, having already won a Gold medal as members of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival team which defeated China 40-0 in the AYOF Rugby Sevens Gold-medal match in Sydney earlier this year.
 
“These young girls haven’t just come out of the blue,” Lane said.
 
“They’ve been involved with different Australian Rugby Union programs since July last year and have gone through several development camps and the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
 
“They, like all members of the team, excelled at the Youth Olympics and they’ve earned this opportunity.
 
“It says a lot about the work that’s been done behind the scenes with talent identification and youth development, it’s created a lot of depth.”
 
Currently ranked second in the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series, Lane is using the non-IRB sanctioned Hong Kong Sevens as a further development tool before they head to China for the penultimate round of the World Series.
 
“We’ve learnt over the past few tournaments that our performances reflect our preparation so I’m just really expecting a strong preparation from the girls,” Lane said.
 
“There’s a few areas of our game that we still need to bring up to an international standard so we’re just continuing to build toward the World Cup.”
 
The Hong Kong Sevens features 12 teams competing over one day, with Australia set to meet Kazakhstan and an international invitational team in pool play.
 
Australia has been seeded first in Pool B for the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series event in China, where they will meet Canada, Japan and Ireland in pool play.
 
The Women’s Sevens Team will contest the Hong Kong Sevens on Friday 22 March before traveling to Guangzhou, China, for the third round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series being held 30-31 March.
 
Qantas Women’s Sevens Hong Kong/China squad
 
     Name
1    Rebecca Tavo (C)  
2    Emilee Cherry
3    Nikki Etheridge
4    Sharni Williams
5    Shontelle Stowers 
6    Amy Turner
7    Cobie-Jane Morgan
8    Brooke Anderson (debut)
9    Ellia Green
10    Tiana Penitani (debut)
11    Jess Palmer
12    Iliseva Batibasaga

Australian Rugby Union

Related News

Kyrgios and Gavrilova 20th seeds at Wimbledon

Kyrgios and Gavrilova 20th seeds at Wimbledon

29 June 2017

Nick Kyrgios will have to do it the hard way if he’s to progress to the second week of Wimbledon after missing an all-important top 16 seeding for the grasscourt Grand Slam starting on Monday.

Volleyroos aim to make their mark at World Grand Prix

Volleyroos aim to make their mark at World Grand Prix

29 June 2017

The Australian women’s volleyball team depart for Mexico on Friday confident they can have their most successful World Grand Prix campaign since joining the prestigious competition in 201

Eighteen athletes selected for Ashgabat 2017

Eighteen athletes selected for Ashgabat 2017

29 June 2017

A team of eighteen athletes have been selected to become Australia’s first ever competitors at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Ashgabat this coming September.