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Women's Sevens squad announced for first leg of World Series

21 November 2017

RUGBY SEVENS: In under 12 months, Page McGregor has gone from a Commonwealth Youth Games gold medal to being on the precipice of making it at the pinnacle of Sevens Rugby having been named in Tim Walsh’s squad for the first leg of the Sevens World Series in Dubai.

McGregor, a star of the inaugural Aon University Sevens Series for Macquarie University has continued her progression through the Aussie 7s ranks, having impressed in her Australian debut at the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship in Suva, Fiji last week.

Queenslander, Georgina Friedrichs will make her return from injury this weekend having missed the Aon University Sevens Series alongside Emma Tonegato who last played a World Series tournament in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh said: “We have had our biggest pre-season to date this year and the squad has prepared really well.

"We have handled the move to our new headquarters all in our stride and we feel a strong momentum leading into Dubai. We have trialed a couple of different strategies and have settled on a change or two.

“Preseason offered plenty of hard work, tournaments, and some lessons in growth and self-awareness. We have had some good performances and feel that season 2017-2018 offers us a year to remember.

“Destiny is in our hands and focusing on what we do is central to us delivering high performance.

“I have been really impressed with how Page (McGregor) has thrown herself into everything this year and she has left no stone unturned when it comes to her preparation. Quick on her feet and a dogged fighter, she is proving that she has what it takes to be an Australian Women’s Sevens player.”

Australia has been placed in Pool B alongside Japan, England and Russia.

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Fixtures:
Thursday 30 November
Australia v Japan, 8.06pm AEDT
Australia v England, 11.02pm AEDT
Friday 1 December
Australia v Russia, 1.59am AEDT

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team for Dubai Sevens:
1. Shannon Parry (c), 24 caps, Griffith University
2. Sharni Williams (c), 23 caps, University of Canberra
3. Georgina Friedrichs, 6 caps, University of Tasmania
4. Dom Du Toit, 6 caps, Macquarie University
5. Emma Tonegato, 18 caps, University of Adelaide
6. Evania Pelite, 14 caps, University of Adelaide
7. Charlotte Caslick, 23 caps, Bond University
8. Mahalia Murphy, 8 caps, University of Adelaide
9. Emma Sykes, 6 caps, University of Queensland
10. Page McGregor, 1 cap, Macquarie University
11. Emilee Cherry, 25 caps, University of Queensland
12. Cassie Staples, 2 caps, University of Canberra



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