Super Rugby


5/18/2017

Seven Queenslanders named in the Qantas Australian Women's Sevens squad


The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team has been named ahead of round five of the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series in Langford, Canada kicking off on May 28, featuring seven Queensland women.

The side features experienced campaigners Shannon Parry (co-captain), Charlotte Caslick and Emilee Cherry, as well as Queensland Academy of Sport Women’s Sevens Academy graduates Dominque Du Toit, Demi Hayes, Georgina Friedrichs and Brooke Walker.

Head Coach Tim Walsh has made four changes with rookie Cassie Staples set for her World Series debut after bursting onto the scene following some impressive performances with the development squad in Darwin in January.


In the other changes, co-captain Williams returns after sitting out the leg in Japan while Tiana Penitani and Brooke Walker have forced their way into the side.

Australia currently sit in second place on the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series Ladder, ten points adrift of New Zealand with two rounds left to go.

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Tim Walsh said: “We’re going to Canada fixed on performing to the best of our ability and we're going there to win.

“We’ve got a really strong squad with a great mix of youth and experience. There's a great opportunity for some new stars to be born.

“Cassie is a unique talent, and a perfect example of the kind of athlete we want to unearth during the Aon Uni 7s Series later this year. She's fast, tough and agile but also, more importantly, has a real point of difference.

“We haven't performed to our standards this season and we have to own that and live with that. We're fully focused on this tournament.”

Australia has Spain, Ireland and Fiji in Pool C with matches kicking off on Sunday 28 May (Australia time).

Qantas Australian Women’s fixtures, Langford, Canada:

Sunday 28 May
Australia v Spain, 4.36am AEST
Australia v Ireland, 7.20am AEST
Australia v Fiji, 10.04am AEST

1. Sharni Williams (c), 20 caps, Hometown: Batlow NSW
2. Demi Hayes, 2 caps, Hometown: Mount Isa QLD
3. Shannon Parry (c), 21 caps, Hometown: Brisbane QLD
4. Tiana Penitani, 16 caps, Hometown: Sydney NSW
5. Chloe Dalton, 14 caps, Hometown: Sydney NSW
6. Georgina Friedrichs, 5 caps, Hometown: Toowoomba QLD
7. Charlotte Caslick, 20 caps, Hometown: Brisbane QLD
8. Brooke Walker, 3 caps, Hometown: Gold Coast QLD
9. Alicia Quirk, 20 caps, Hometown: Wagga Wagga NSW
10. Dominique Du Toit, 3 caps, Hometown: Toowoomba QLD
11. Emilee Cherry, 22 caps, Hometown: Roma QLD

12. Cassie Staples*, Hometown: Bateman's Bay NSW

13th player: Shanice Parker*, Hometown: Perth WA
*Denotes uncapped

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