Australia's women's Sevens squad in training.
Australia's women's Sevens squad in training.

Aussie women's sevens coach rings changes for Japan

AUSTRALIAN Sevens coach Tim Walsh has opted to blood young players and test out new combinations in the fourth round of the HSBC women's Sevens World Series in Kitakyushu, Japan, this coming weekend.

The Olympic champions are keen to get a taste of winning again after finishing second to New Zealand in the last round of the World Series.

They are also looking to lift themselves from second spot on the ladder as quickly as possible with just three rounds of the World Series to play.

Young players Demi Hayes and Dominique Du Toit have been bought into the Australian side alongside Brooke Walker, with one to be dropped just prior to he tournament start in Japan.

"We're just over halfway and we are looking forward to finishing the season strongly but also blooding some younger players and getting their experience up," Walsh said.

"We've made a few tactical changes to really bring up some other players in key positions and I'm looking forward to seeing those younger players putting up their hand.

"We are in a position now where we are really pushing for the title again.

"The pressure is now on New Zealand and all is takes is one slip up and we're in.

"We're just focusing on our job and I think the results will take care of themselves.

"The Women's Six Nations players coming back into Sevens will strengthen those European teams which will change the dynamic of the competition."

Australia will play Fiji, Ireland and Brazil in Pool B at the tournament with these matches to be played on April 22.


Shannon Parry (c), 20 caps, Brisbane, QLD

Mahalia Murphy, 6 caps, Sydney, NSW

Chloe Dalton, 13 caps, Sydney, NSW

Demi Hayes, 1 caps, Mount Isa, QLD

Georgina Friedrichs, 4 caps, Harare, Zimbabwe

Evania Pelite, 11 caps, Caboolture, QLD

Charlotte Caslick, 19 caps, Brisbane, QLD

Alicia Quirk, 19 caps, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Emma Sykes, 3 caps, Sydney, NSW

Brooke Walker, 3 caps, Sydney, NSW

Emilee Cherry, 21 caps, Roma, QLD

Dominque Du Toit, 2 caps, Marondera, Zimbabwe

Ellia Green, 17 caps, Melbourne, VIC

*One player to be named as 13th non-playing touring member.


Saturday 22 April

Australia v Brazil, 12.36pm AEST

Australia v Ireland, 3.20pm AEST

Australia v Fiji, 6.04pm AEST