Aussies to roll out fresh tactics in Dubai

by Sam Phillips

The fear of the unknown isn't going to stop Sharni Williams, Charlotte Caslick and their Aussie Sevens teammates tackling Dubai head on, when the World Series kicks off on Thursday night.

With a new World Series comes new wrinkles from each of the competing nations and Caslick said it was time to roll out some new tactics from the think tank of coach Tim Walsh.

"I'm not really sure what to expect from the other nations," she said.

"We have been trying some new tactics and we will be putting them on show in Dubai.

"We will see how they go, I guess.

"Leading into this big year it is the time to try new things and see what works and what doesn't."

Williams will co-captain the side in Dubai and she said the squad had done everything possible to ensure they are fit and firing come the opening whistle against Japan.

"We've put all the preparation we can into this series to start off with a bang," she said.

"This will really show us how we have prepared for the series."

Walsh has spoken about the pressure of the Sydney Sevens getting to the team in 2017 but Williams said there would be no similar concern when the Commonwealth Games take centre stage on the Gold Coast in April.

"It's probably not the pressure, it's more trying to juggle all of those tournaments and to be peaking at the right times," she said.

"I think we trust our conditioning staff and that they've got the right things on board and the right knowledge.

"We put our trust in them to go out and perform and do everything we possibly can each and every tournament.

"There's no 'which tournament should we win, which tournament should this happen, where should we taper off'.

"It's now or never and let's go out and give everything in every single tournament."

The Australian Women's Sevens side kick off their Dubai campaign on Thursday night, broadcast LIVE on


Australian Women’s Sevens Fixtures

Thursday 30 November

Australia v Japan, 8.06pm AEDT

Australia v England, 11.02pm AEDT

Friday 1 December

Australia v Russia, 1.59am AEDT