Eight Olympic gold medalists named in Australian squad for Sydney 7s


Eight Olympic gold medalists have been named in the Australian Sevens squad for next week’s inaugural women’s Sydney 7s tournament.

Ellia Green and Evania Pelite have been added to the squad that fell in the final to New Zealand in the first round of the Sevens World Series in Dubai last December.

Brooke Anderson makes way from the squad that ran out in Dubai while try-scoring machine Emma Tonegato has been forced out of the Sydney leg after an elbow injury at training last week.

The women will get sole use of the main deck of Allianz Stadium on Friday, with the semi-finals and final to take centre stage in front of what’s set to be a sell out crowd on Saturday.

It will also be the first time that Australia’s Golden Girls will play on home soil in a World Rugby sanctioned tournament.

“It’s very exciting to play on home soil, to have round two of the World Series at home. We’ve prepared well and the girls are going to be pumped from game one,” Australian coach Tim Walsh said.

“Ellia (Green) is a remarkable healer and she has worked really hard on her rehab which has been outstanding. She’s almost back to full strength in terms of fitness and power. It’s very pleasing to have the fastest woman on the HSBC Sevens World Series coming back into the side.

“Every game we play, we take our opposition very seriously. We’re really looking forward to playing Fiji in that last game (on Friday). We seem to play them a lot and they are a great team to play against.

“To finish and cap off Friday against the Flying Fijians will be a great occasion.”

Australia will face Brazil, Ireland and Fiji in Pool B.

Australian Women’s Sevens Squad:

Shannon Parry, Sharni Williams, Tiana Penitani, Chloe Dalton, Evania Pelite, Georgina Friedrichs, Charlotte Caslick, Alicia Quirk, Emma Sykes, Emilee Cherry, Ellia Green, Mahalia Murphy.