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Qantas Women's Sevens London preview

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By ARU Media Unit

Qantas Women’s Sevens coach Chris Lane has been forced to make one change to his squad for this weekend’s London Sevens, with Shontelle Stowers ruled out due to injury.
Stowers will be replaced by Cronulla’s Maddie Elliott, as Australia prepare for their final two tournaments before Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in June.
The Qantas Women’s Sevens face Spain, France and hosts England in pool play at the London Sevens this weekend and coach Chris Lane expects a physical contest from all three.
“These are sides we need practice against and they’ll certainly test our physicality so that will be a great gauge for us,” Lane said.
While the London Sevens are not sanctioned by the IRB, it is laden with international teams and all three of Australia’s opponents have competed on this year’s IRB Women’s Sevens World Series, which concludes with the Amsterdam Sevens on 18-19 May.
England are currently ranked second in the series, Spain are ninth and France 14th. The Australian women are currently third.
Australia and Spain have met three times in their shared Sevens histories, with Australia topping the ledger with two wins to one. The Australian women earned a 12-5 win in Dubai in 2011 and a 10-7 win in the Plate semi-final in Amsterdam last year. Most recently, Spain defeated Australia 17-5 in Dubai last year.
“It’s good to come up against Spain again, we owe them one after losing the third-fourth playoff in Dubai earlier this season,” Lane said.
“They’re a very fast, skilful side and love to keep the game flowing so that will be a great contest.”
Similarly, Australia and France have met three times with the Australians winning two of the contests. Australia’s only loss to France in Sevens was a 14-10 result in the pool stage of the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
The two recent results were both 29-0 wins in London and Dubai in 2012.
“France have certainly improved a lot since the first round of the World Series,” Lane said.
“They’re a very different side to the start of the series. They’re pretty physical with that added French flair.”
Australia has lost two out of three of its encounters with England, with the only win coming in the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens quarter-final when Australia claimed a 17-10 result. They lost 12-10 and 15-10 in Dubai 2011 and Hong Kong 2012 respectively.
“England will have their top squad there, that’s a world-class team,” Lane said.
“They’re a very controlled, disciplined side and they’ll look to set up a lot from set piece.”
The Australians kick-off pool play against Spain at 7:50pm (AEST), followed by France at 10:52pm (AEST), both on Saturday 11 May. Their final pool match is against England at 2:06am (AEST) on Sunday 12 May.

Qantas Women’s Sevens London/Amsterdam squad

View the bios for the Qantas Women’s Sevens squad for London



Based (originally from)



Shannon Parry

Brisbane, QLD

Redlands, QLD


Sharni Williams (C)

Brisbane, QLD (Canberra, ACT)

Royals, ACT


Maddie Elliot

Sydney, NSW

Southern Districts, NSW


Saofaiga Saemo*

Melbourne, VIC

Power House, VIC


Nikki Etheridge

Brisbane, QLD (Toowoomba, QLD)

Toowoomba Bears, QLD


Katrina Barker

Sydney, NSW



Tiana Penitani

Matraville, NSW

Maroubra, NSW


Evania Pelite*

Brisbane, QLD



Alicia Quirk

Brisbane, QLD(Wagga Wagga, NSW)

Sunnybank, QLD


Brooke Anderson

Brighton Le Sands, NSW

Southern Districts, NSW


Emilee Cherry

Brisbane, QLD (Toowoomba, QLD)

Toowoomba Bears, QLD


Charlotte Caslick*

Brisbane, QLD


*Denotes player on debut


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