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By ARU Media Unit
A training injury to Qantas Women’s Sevens stand-in captain Emilee Cherry has forced a change in the line-up to play in Houston for the second round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series.
Cherry has been ruled out as a precautionary measure and will be replaced by South Australia’s d’Arcy Sadler.
Sadler, who was training with the women’s squad in Canberra as a shadow player, made her debut for Australia at the Asia Pacific Sevens in 2012.
The outside back was brought into the women’s squad following an impressive showing for her state at last year’s National Women’s Sevens Championships. Houston will be her second tournament for the Qantas Women’s Sevens.
The Qantas Women’s Sevens are training at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra until Monday, when they depart for Houston ahead of the two-day tournament.
Coach Chris Lane is yet to name a replacement captain for Cherry, who was acting as a stand in for regular captain Rebecca Tavo, who injured her ankle in Dubai, but is expected to return to action by round three of the competition.
The Qantas Women’s Sevens face Russia, Brazil and Japan in pool play in Houston. The tournament runs 1-2 February.
Qantas Women’s Sevens for Houston
Ellia Green (debut)
The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team begins its quest for Olympic qualification in Rio with Dubai first up in the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in December.