World title just the beginning for Sevens stars

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by Matt Lewis

They’ve already made history as the first Australian team to win a Sevens World Series but the Australian Women’s Sevens side isn’t done yet.

It’s been less than three years since the women’s program was centralized and made full-time, with the end goal being Rio Olympics, still two months away.

Head coach Tim Walsh was proud of his team’s efforts but now their attentions would be solely on maintaining their world-beating momentum as they head into the biggest tournament in Sevens history.

“It’s where we hoped to be,” Walsh said.

“It’s a really good reward for the last three years. There’s no secret to it, the girls put in the effort and this is what comes from it, the fruition at the end of it. “

While the World Series title is a huge milestone there’s no time to celebrate with just 66 days until rugby sevens joins the Olympics.

“It’s nice to do all that work and get what you set out to achieve, it’s a really good feeling but we’ve got to shift our focus to the Olympics.

Charlotte Caslick has been one of the stars of the show in recent seasons and capped off a stellar year by being named in the World Series Dream Team.

The Australian Women's Sevens took the series in Clermont. Photo: Martin Seras LimaCaslick was one of three Aussies named in that team of the series but said it was an achievement only made possible by the team’s performance.

“We just got the accolade off the back of the girls’ success and we wouldn’t be able to do anything we do without the rest of the team,” Caslick said.

While they topped the overall competition, Australia finished second in the most recent Clermont Sevens, going down to Canada, a defeat that Caslick said was a timely wake-up call for the side.

“Our girls never like losing,” she said.

“It was bittersweet, winning the series but not that tournament.

“It was a massive reality check, anyone can knock anyone off on their day so we’ve still got things to work on and that’s a good thing heading into Rio.”