Daughter of a New Zealand father and American mother, Shannon Parry has competed for Australia in both 15s and Sevens, including as a member of the Wallaroos 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup side.
Having competed for both state and country in the 15-a-side version of the game, Parry made the move to Sevens in 2011, joining the Australian Women’s Sevens side in Dubai for the inaugural Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup.
Parry became an integral part of the team and has overcome injury to work her way back into the squad for the 2013-2014 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series, prized for her hard running and solid defence.
She managed to return in time for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013, where Australia finished fifth.
Parry comes from a sporting family, as her father played for UK side London Wasps and her brother was an Australian gold medallist at the 2004 Youth Commonwealth Games.
A secondary school teacher, Parry enjoys surfing in her spare time.
RWC Sevens caps: 1 (2013)
Representative honours: Queensland (2008-), Wallaroos (2009-), Women’s Rugby World Cup (2010, 2014)