Qantas Women’s Sevens coach, Chris Lane, has continued his policy of exposing young talent to international Sevens, naming four uncapped players for the first round of the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World series in Dubai.
Just four players remain from the last time Australia featured in Dubai, with captain Rebecca Tavo leading a young side still very much in the development stages.
Lane had no qualms bringing in four new caps for the tournament and said he was happy with the work being done by his young charges.
“The work has been done in camp and at Noosa and the Coral Coast Sevens so I know these girls are ready,” Lane said.
“We’ll be bolstered by the return of Tavo and Sharni Williams, who both sat out of our development side’s trip to Fiji for the Coral Coast Sevens.
“Those two will add a bit more experience and power to the squad, so I’m confident in what we can do on the field.”
Of the squad, only Tavo, Williams, Emilee Cherry and Cobie-Jane Morgan have played in Dubai before, with regular squad members Shontelle Stowers and Tricia Brown set to make their first appearance at the tournament.
Meanwhile Alex Sulusi, Maddie Elliot, Jess Palmer and Nikki Etheridge are set to earn their first-ever international caps at the tournament.
Sulusi, Elliot and Palmer all represented the Aussie Pearls development side at the Noosa International Sevens and Coral Coast Sevens.
Nikki Etheridge will join her fraternal twin Gemma in the Australian colours for the first time, having represented the Aussie Pearls at the Coral Coast Sevens. Sister Gemma received her first cap earlier in the year at the Asia Pacific Sevens.
Katrina Barker rounds out the squad to earn her third Sevens cap after making her debut at the Oceania Sevens Championships in Fiji.
The first round of the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series runs November 30 to December 1 in Dubai, with Australia facing Netherlands, France and United States in pool play.
QANTAS WOMEN’S SEVENS FOR DUBAI:
|1||Rebecca Tavo (C)|