Cherry, Green rested for Vegas series

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by Beth Newman

Aussie Sevens coach Tim Walsh is confident stars Emilee Cherry and Ellia Green will be ready for the Commonwealth Games.

Cherry and Green starred in Australia's perfect run through the Sydney 7s, but will be rested from a group heading to Las Vegas for a Commonwealth Games simluation against the USA.

Green played her first tournament in nine month in Sydney, returning from a knee injury, while Cherry was one of the side's best as they went through the tournament undefeated.

Cherry is often kept on ice in tournaments, with 

"Emilee's the most-capped player in Australia and shes the kind of girl that she can walk into a tournament," he said.

"She doesn't need three or four warm ups or even one warm up.

"She's played Dubai, she's played Sydney, she's a consummate professional, she's a world class professional. No questions about her being able to rock up and perform at the Commonwealth Games."

Tim Walsh is confident Emilee Cherry will be ready for Commonwealth Games. Photo: Rugby AU/Karen WatsonGreen is still managing her fitness after making her return, with Walsh keen to ensure she is at her peak come April. 

"The way she applied herself to get into Sydney was fantastic but we don't want to push it coming back from a long-term injury," he said.

"We really want to give her the best preparation into the Commonwealth Games."

Walsh is taking a squad of 14 over to America for the series against the USA, which will simulate the format of April's Commonwealth Games.

Outside of that pair, Walsh has picked a full-strength side for the matches, with the bulk of the squad from the perfect run in Sydney travelling to America.

The five-match competition will be the side's final run before the Commonwealth Games, with no World Series legs before that.

"This is an ideal preparation for the Commonwealth Games. USA are a very well coached side and showed they can match it with the best after knocking off New Zealand in the Cup Quarter-Final in Dubai.

"It's a slightly different format to what we played in Sydney and one game shorter than what we normally face on the World Series circuit so that provides its challenges, so it's important that we get the chance to feel familiar with it.

"Emilee and Ellia are just being managed at the moment to make sure they are hitting their straps come April but it's also a chance for Page and Demi as well as Lauren and Lily to show what they've got and push for a Commonwealth Games berth too."

SQUAD

Aussie women to face USA

1. Shannon Parry (c), 25 caps, Griffith University and QLD

2. Sharni Williams (c), 24 caps, University of Canberra and ACT

3. Georgina Friedrichs, 8 caps, University of Tasmania and QLD

4. Dominique du Toit, 7 caps, Macquaria University and QLD

5. Emma Tonegato, 19 caps, University of Adelaide and NSW

6. Evania Pelite, 15 caps, University of Adelaide and QLD

7. Charlotte Caslick, 24 caps, Bond University and QLD

8. Cassie Staples, 4 caps, University of Canberra and NSW

9. Emma Sykes, 7 caps, University of Queensland and QLD

10. Alicia Quirk, 23 caps, University of Queensland and QLDunit

11. Demi Hayes, 4 caps, Griffith University and QLD

12. Page McGregor, 1 cap, Macquarie University and NSW

13. Lily Dick*, University of Queensland and QLD

14. Lauren Brown*, Griffith University and QLD

*denotes uncapped

FIXTURES

Saturday March 3

Australia vs USA, 5am AEDT

Australia vs USA, 9:30am AEDT

Sunday March 4

Australia vs USA, 4am AEDT

Australia vs USA, 7am AEDT

Monday March 5

Australia vs USA, 9:18am AEDT