Debutants to showcase Aussie Sevens style: Williams

by Sam Phillips

After a disappointing 2017, Sharni Williams and the Australian Women's Sevens team are looking to the Oceania Sevens as a launchpad for a 2018 filled with big tournaments.

Williams and the Australian side were the hunted in 2017 and they fell from the lofty heights of the year prior, New Zealand taking charge as the dominant team on the World Series circuit.

But with a new season comes fresh hope and as a veteran of the squad, Williams said the team will be using Oceania to test a few new things out against some of the world's best.

"We always look forward to coming here and playing some really good footy," she said.

"What you can expect from us is a fast paced game.

"We have trained really hard so we are going to go out there and just give our best and really focus on things game by game."

Two debutants - Lauren Brown and Page McGregor - will feature in Suva and Williams expects the pair to make an immediate impact.

"We have got some young girls that are breaking into our team and we are looking to those girls to stand up and really showcase what Australian Sevens is all about," Williams said.

"Obviously we came off that gold medal and it was such a massive high but it's now about focusing on what's ahead.Lauren Brown is one of two debutants featuring for the Australians in Suva. Photo: Getty Images"We've got a massive year ahead of us after the disappointment of 2017.

'We have a Comm Games, a World Cup, that's really exciting for Sevens and we're looking to go out there and really start to perform and peak at the right times."

Both Brown and McGregor were stars of the Aon Uni 7s series and for the competition to produce players of that calibre is a massive bonus, according to Williams.

"It's really awesome to see that we can bring in some girls from that Aon series and that's what that series was about - trying to create a pathway for girls trying to break into our team," she said.

"To see these girls alongside us now is really promising.

"I can't wait to see these girls get out there and play for Australia and really enjoy it."