Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh has named a squad packed with World Series experience for the 2015 UON Central Coast Sevens.
Sharni Williams will skipper an Aussie Pearls side that boasts 116 World Series caps between the 12 selected players.
Also featured in the squad is 2014 Women’s World Rugby Player of the Year Emilee Cherry and 2015 nominee Charlotte Caslick as well as World Series regulars Shannon Parry, Alicia Quirk, Emma Tonegato and Ellia Green.
The Pearls have been drawn in Pool C alongside the New Zealand Wasps (New Zealand), Nadi Blazers (Fiji) and Hunter 7s (Australia).
Tim Walsh said: “I’ve been delighted with the way the squad has responded since returning to training at the end of June. It’s been a long pre-season, but the players are fitter and stronger than ever before which bodes well for what is a huge year ahead.
“With the World Series calendar as it is, the girls don’t have many opportunities to play in front of a home crowd so we are all excited at this competition. I see the Central Coast Sevens as a perfect opportunity to pit ourselves against quality opposition – the New Zealand side looks strong while we know what to expect from a tough Canadian outfit. That said, as always, we’ll be paying due respect to our opposition in the pool stages and looking no further the Day One.”
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Aussie Pearls squad for the 2015 UON Central Coast Sevens at Wyong Rugby League Club, Wyong:
Brooke Anderson. Place of Birth: Brighton-le-Sands, NSW
Nicole Beck. Place of Birth: Bulli, NSW
Charlotte Caslick. Place of Birth: Brisbane, QLD
Emilee Cherry. Place of Birth: Roma, QLD. Hometown: Toowoomba, QLD
Gemma Etheridge. Place of Birth: Tamworth, NSW. Hometown: Toowoomba, QLD
Ellia Green. Place of Birth: Suva, Fiji. Hometown: Melbourne, VIC
Shannon Parry. Place of Birth: Brisbane, QLD
Evania Pelite. Place of Birth: Brisbane, QLD
Alicia Quirk. Place of Birth: Wagga Wagga, NSW
Emma Tonegato. Place of Birth: Wollongong, NSW
Amy Turner. Place of Birth: Tokoroa, NZ
Sharni Williams. Place of Birth: Batlow, NSW. Hometown: Canberra, ACT