Walsh names Olympic stars in Australian squad for Sydney 7s

Australian Women’s Sevens coach Tim Walsh has welcomed star pair Ellia Green and Alicia Quirk, with the duo returning from injury for the Sydney 7s.

Green returns from a knee reconstruction that she underwent in April 2017 while Quirk is fit again after an ankle injury ruled her out of the season opener in Dubai last December.

Australia sit atop the Sevens World Series ladder following victory in Dubai after beating USA 34-nil in the Cup Final.

The reigning Olympic Gold Medalists are out for redemption on home soil following a fourth place finish in Sydney 12 months ago, and are in Pool A alongside France, Spain and Papua New Guinea.

“Ellia and Alicia are two really important players for us and they have worked incredibly hard to be fit and available as soon as physically possible,” Australian coach Tim Walsh said.

“Ellia has shown time and time again that she’s a world class finisher and watching her in full flight is great for the game. Alicia manages tournaments and matches so well. She is one of the most intelligent rugby players on the circuit and has been a real backbone of the team for five years.

“We were pleased with many aspects of round one and it has set a great platform for the season. Playing at home is a real privilege but whether in Dubai, Las Vegas, Langford or Sydney, we just challenge ourselves to better and perform at our best.

Australian squad for Sydney 7s

1. Shannon Parry (c), 24 caps, QLD and Griffith University
2. Sharni Williams (c), 23 caps, ACT and University of Canberra
3. Georgina Friedrichs, 7 caps, QLD and University of Tasmania
4. Dominique du Toit, 6 caps, QLD and Macquarie University
5. Emma Tonegato, 18 caps, NSW and University of Adelaide
6. Evania Pelite, 14 caps, QLD and University of Adelaide
7. Charlotte Caslick, 23 caps, QLD and Bond University
8. Cassie Staples, 3 caps, NSW and University of Canberra
9. Emma Sykes, 6 caps, QLD and University of Queensland
10. Alicia Quirk, 22 caps, NSW and University of New England
11. Emilee Cherry, 25 caps, QLD and University of Queensland
12. Ellia Green, 18 caps, VIC and University of Tasmania

Australian Women’s Sevens fixtures, Sydney:
Friday 26 January
Australia v Spain, 11.50am AEDT
Australia v PNG, 2.34pm AEDT
Australia v France, 5.18pm AEDT