Green, Quirk back for Sydney

Womens - Sydney
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by Beth Newman

Ellia Green and Alicia Quirk will be back in action at the Sydney 7s, with the two Olympians named in the Aussie women's squad.

Green made a return from an ACL injury last week, playing her first game of rugby in a pre-Sydney friendly against Ireland.

The Aussie speedster had been out of action since suffering the injury in the Kitakyushu Sevens in April last year, ending her season prematurely.

Quirk missed out on the season-opening tournament in Dubai with an ankle injury but the playmaker has recovered ahead of the Sydney tournament.

Ellia Green suffered a knee injury in Japan last year. Photo: Getty Images

The pair are both key players for the Aussie team, and coach Tim Walsh said they would bring a big boost to the side.

Though Green is somewhat of a cult hero, Quirk is just as valuable to the side, playing a critical role alongside Charlotte Caslick for the side.

"She's one of the most intelligent rugby players on the world circuit and she's certainly been the backbone of our team for five years now," Walsh said.

"She manages matches and games so well and her communication is a real point of difference."

Australia opens its 2018 Sydney 7s campaign against Spain on Friday, at 11:50am AEDT.

The Sydney 7s kicks off on Friday January 26, running until Sunday January 28, Buy tickets here.

SQUAD

Australian women's Sevens, Sydney 7s

1. Shannon Parry (c), 24 caps, Griffith University and QLD

2. Sharni Williams (c), 23 caps, University of Canberra and ACT

3. Georgina Friedrichs, 7 caps, University of Tasmania and QLD

4. Dominique du Toit, 6 caps, Macquarie University and QLD

5. Emma Tonegato, 18 caps, University of Adelaide and NSW

6. Evania Pelite, 14 caps, University of Adelaide and QLD

7. Charlotte Caslick, 23 caps, Bond University and QLD

8. Cassie Staples, 3 caps, University of Canberra and NSW

9. Emma Sykes, 6 caps, University of Queensland and QLD

10. Alicia Quirk, 22 caps, University of New England and NSW

11. Emilee Cherry, 25 caps, University of Queensland and QLD

12. Ellia Green, 18 caps, University of Tasmania and VIC

FIXTURES

Friday January 26

11:50am AEDT  - Australia vs Spain

2;34pm  AEDT - Australia vs PNG

5:18pm AEDT - Australia vs France

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