News Article

Qantas Women's Sevens Hong Kong preview

  
Printable Version Printable Version    Recommend Recommend    Email to a friend Email to a friend
  
Share   
  

3/20/2013
By ARU Media Unit


 Qantas Women’s Sevens coach Chris Lane is looking to this Friday’s Hong Kong Sevens as another building block for his side.

 
The Australians will face an International Select side along with Kazakhstan in pool play on Friday 22 March in the one-day non-IRB sanctioned tournament.
 
“Our tournament performances reflect our preparation so that has been really key for us in the lead up to our next two tournaments,” Lane said.
 
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do before Rugby World Cup Sevens in June so every tournament is another development opportunity.”
 
The tournament acts as another preparation tool for the penultimate round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series being held in Guangzhou, China the following weekend.
 
The Qantas Women’s Sevens are currently ranked second in the World Series and the last round could prove crucial to the overall standings when the series concludes in the Netherlands in May.
 
The Australian’s first match of the Hong Kong tournament will be against the International Select team and Lane expects a fiery encounter.
 
“This International Select side is going to be very challenging,” Lane said.
 
“It’s going to be made up of players that have just missed out on national selection from various countries so they’re going to be out to prove the selectors were wrong.”
 
The Australians will then take on Kazakhstan, a side they have some recent experience with following a 12-0 win over them at the Asia Pacific Sevens last year.
 
“We met Kazakhstan last year and they certainly stood up,” Lane said.
 
“They’re a very direct and confrontational side, so we’re expecting a very physical test from them.”
 
The Qantas Women’s Sevens squad has been bolstered for the upcoming tournaments, with the return of captain Rebecca Tavo and Emilee Cherry, who will play their first internationals since Dubai late last year.
 
The Hong Kong Sevens features 12 teams competing over one day. The Qantas Women’s Sevens meet the International Selects at 11:00am (AEST) and Kazakhstan at 1:40pm (AEST) in pool play on Friday 22 March.  
 
 
Qantas Women’s Sevens Hong Kong/China squad
 

 

Name

Based (originally from)

1

Rebecca Tavo (C)

Brisbane, QLD (Port Hedland, WA)

2

Sharni Williams

Brisbane, QLD (Canberra, ACT)

3

Shontelle Stowers

Lane Cove, NSW

4

Ellia Green

Murrumbeena, VIC

5

Nikki Etheridge

Brisbane, QLD (Toowoomba, QLD)

6

Jess Palmer

West Ryde, NSW

7

Tiana Penitani (debut)

Matraville, NSW

8

Natasha Haines (debut)

Perth, WA (Melbourne, VIC)

9

Iliseva Batibasaga

Kensington, NSW

10

Cobie-Jane Morgan

Brisbane, QLD, (Erina, NSW)

11

Emilee Cherry

Brisbane, QLD (Toowoomba, QLD)

12

Brooke Anderson (debut)

Brighton Le Sands, NSW

Speight: I'm pinching myself at this opportunity
Newly re-signed Qantas Wallabies flyer Henry Speight has admitted he is "pinching himself" after agreeing a three-year contract that will allow him to play for the national XVs side, the Qantas Australian Sevens team as well as the Brumbies in Super Rugby.
Read full article...
Australian Men’s Sevens program announce pre-season details
The Qantas Australian Men's Sevens program has released details of its off-season schedule as the squad prepares for the crucial Oceania Olympic Qualification tournament taking place in Auckland on the weekend of 14/15 November.
Read full article...
Henry Speight pens landmark three-year contract extension with Australian Rugby
Wallaby winger Henry Speight has agreed a new three-year deal with Australian Rugby that will see him remain with the Aquis Brumbies through to the end of 2018 and join the Qantas Australian Sevens Program in 2016.
Read full article...