Aussies to blood uni duo at Oceania Sevens

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by Beth Newman

Teenager Page McGregor has been handed her Aussie Sevens debut, named for next weekend's Oceania Sevens.

McGregor, 17, is one of two debutants in the squad, along with Griffith University's Lauren Brown, with the pair both rewarded for standout Uni7s seasons.

Page McGregor played for Macquarie in the university competition and was a part of the Australian squad who played a friendly series against New Zealand in Bendigo last month.

The dio join a strong Australian lineup, with Shannon Parry and Emma Tonegato both making it through the Central Coast Sevens unscathed after long injury layoffs.

Demi Hayes will miss the tournament with a foot injury, while Cassie Staples is unavailable because of a personal commitment.

Lauren Brown will make her Australian debut in Fiji. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Karen WatsonThe Oceania Sevens is a crucial tournament, less than a month out from the first World Series tournament in Dubai on the first weekend of December.

The past month has been a hectic one for the team, with the Sevens program moving from Narrabeen into the newly-opened Rugby Australia facilities in Moore Park.

Coach Tim Walsh said the competition would be a chance to show the merits of the Uni7s competition.

"The squad has been preparing well leading into Oceania which included the welcome distraction of our headquarters relocation.

“For Page and Lauren to be joining us for this tournament emphasises the depth we have built from the Aon University Sevens Series.

“We love playing 7s in Fiji and find it a great place to prepare for the World Series opener in Dubai.

“This tournament is going to be challenging, with three of the four best teams in the world competing.”

 SQUAD

Australian Women's Sevens for Oceania Sevens

1.Shannon Parry (C), 23 caps, Griffith University

2. Sharni Williams (C), 22 caps,University of Canberra

3. Vani Pelite, 13 caps, University of Adelaide 

4. Emma Tonegato, 17 caps, University of Adelaide 

5. Lauren Brown*, Griffith University  

6. Charlotte Caslick, 22 caps, Bond University 

7. Alicia Quirk, 22 caps, University of New England 

8. Emma Sykes, 5 caps, University of Queensland

9. Page McGregor*, Macquarie University 

10. Mahalia Murphy, 7 caps, University of Adelaide 

11. Dominque Du Toit, 5 caps, Macquarie University 

12. Emilee Cherry, 24 caps, University of Queensland

*Uncapped 

FIXTURES

Oceania Sevena - Women's

Friday November 11 

Australia vs Tonga, 10am AEDT

Australia vs Samoa, 1pm AEDT

Australia vs Fiji, 4pm AEDT

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