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By ARU Media Unit

The Qantas Women’s Sevens will look to utilise the final round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series as a launching pad for their title defence at Rugby World Cup Sevens in June.

The Australians enter the Amsterdam Sevens, which kicks off tomorrow, ranked third in the World Series, behind England and first-placed New Zealand.
Qantas Women’s Sevens coach Chris Lane said while improvement in the standings was one goal, preparation for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 was just as important.
“We still want to do well in the World Series and doing well will give us a good head start when it comes to World Cup preparation,” Lane said.
“This tournament is another opportunity to build on our experience, which is something we’ve been focussed on all year.”
One change has been made to the squad that finished second in London last weekend, with the injured Brooke Anderson replaced by Queensland’s Talisha Harden, who will make her debut this weekend.
The Australians face Spain, Brazil and the United States in Amsterdam and Lane sees the tournament as another great opportunity to build experience within his young group, before selecting the World Cup squad later this month.
“This weekend gives us another chance to look at these players competing at an international standard,” Lane said.
“It’s great to get the exposure against tough competition.”
The Qantas Women’s Sevens have a 50/50 record against Spain, winning encounters in Dubai in 2011 and Amsterdam last year.
However, the Spanish have had the upper hand of late, with the Europeans claiming wins in Dubai, 17-5, and most recently in London last weekend, 14-12. 
Lane said his side would be keen to make amends following the recent loss.
“It’s important for the girls to do well against Spain,” Lane said.
“They’ve won the last two, we know how to beat them, we just need to go out there and execute it.”
Australia and Brazil have met twice in women’s Sevens, with the Qantas Women’s Sevens notching a 40-0 win in Dubai in 2011 and a 7-5 result in China earlier this year.  
Despite only meeting the side once in competition, Lane is familiar with the challenge offered by the South Americans.
“They play a very fast game, they’ll certainly have a go at us,” Lane said.
“The key will be putting them under pressure and taking them out of their comfort zone.”
The Australians have a lengthy history with the United States, with the ledger heavily in favour of the Qantas Women’s Sevens.
Australia have won six out of eight matches, but the two most recent are one each way. 
Earlier this year, the United States claimed a home win over Australia, 17-5, at the IRB Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup event in Houston, while Australia defeated them 28-7 in London last weekend. 
With the United States ranked fourth, just behind in the Australians, in the World Series standings, Lane stressed the importance of a dominant performance in pool play.
“The results have certainly been mixed against the USA in recent times and this will be another massive game,” Lane said.
The Australians kick-off pool play against Spain at 7:00pm (AEST), followed by Brazil at 9:45pm (AEST) on Friday 17 May. Their final match of the pool stage is against the United States at 12:30am (AEST) on Saturday 18 May.
The tournament will be streamed live on
Qantas Women’s Sevens Amsterdam squad



Based (originally from)



Shannon Parry

Brisbane, QLD

Redlands, QLD


Sharni Williams (C)

Brisbane, QLD (Canberra, ACT)

Royals, ACT


Maddi 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 (Perth, WA)

Warringah, NSW


Tiana Penitani

Matraville, NSW

Maroubra, NSW


Evania Pelite

Brisbane, QLD



Alicia Quirk

Brisbane, QLD(Wagga Wagga, NSW)

Sunnybank, QLD


Talisha Harden*

Brisbane, Queensland

Sunnybank, QLD


Emilee Cherry

Brisbane, QLD (Toowoomba, QLD)

Toowoomba Bears, QLD


Charlotte Caslick

Brisbane, QLD



*Denotes player on debut



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