Aussie women to open Sydney campaign against Spain

Womens - Sydney
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by Beth Newman

Australia's women's Sevens will open their Sydney 7s title defence against Spain on February 1.

The Aussie women currently sit fourth on the overall World Series ladder and will face Spain, China and tricky opponent the USA in their home tournament in a fortnight's time.

Australia has had some tight contests against the Americans in recent times, splitting their match ups in Dubai in December and taking the bronze medal playoff after an agonising last-play loss in the pool stages. 

The USA sits one spot above the Aussies in the World Series rankings while Spain and China are ninth and 10th, respectively.

Russia and Ireland will open the proceedings for the second straight year at midday on Friday February 1.

This will be the third year that a fully-fledged women's Sydney 7s will be staged alongside the men's competition but a shift out to Homebush's Spotless Stadium changes the equation somewhat.

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Australia has had the chance to train out at Sydney Olympic Park ahead of the tournament, something that co-captain Shannon Parry said had already shown them some of the challenges teams will face.

The Sydney 7s is moving to Sydney Olympic Park. Photo: Getty Images"We trained out there Friday two weeks ago, we had a go out there on the field, it was pretty nice," she said.

"It was definitelya few degrees hotter out there so that's something we're getting prepared for. L

"Last week, we did a few tests and things like that and we'll go again this week to make sure that come Sydney we've got all our recovery measures in place and come each game we're definitely raring to go."

The men's side plays in Hamilton before the Sydney leg with the Aussies taking on Argentina, Wales and Fiji in that tournament on the Australia Day weekend.

The Sydney 7s kicks off on Friday February 1, running until Sunday February 3. Buy tickets here.

SCHEDULE

Click here for the full match schedule. The full fixtures will be available on RUGBY.com.au.

Friday February 1

All times AEDT.

Australia vs Spain, 1:50pm

Australia vs China, 4:34pm

Australia vs USA, 6:56pm