Caslick returns for Langford

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by Beth Newman in Japan

Charlotte Caslick's Sevens return is official, with the Aussie star named in the squad for the Langford Sevens.

Caslick suffered a head knock in the Commonwealth Games gold medal match, a hit that ruled her out of last month's Kitakyushu Sevens.

The scrumhalf is the only big name returning for the side, with Ellia Green and Sharni Williams both still ruled out, giving Kitakyushu debutants Lauren Brown and Yasmin Meakes a chance to build on their maiden outings.

Alicia Quirk is another Olympian to add to the absentee list, with the playmaker managing a knee concern, while rookie Cassie Staples is being rested, with Liily Dick coming in as 13th player.

The Aussie Sevens want to win in Langford. Photo: Getty ImagesAustralia needs top-two finishes in the final two World Series tournaments to secure the 2017-18 World Series title, their second in three years.

They have won two of the three tournaments so far, in Dubai and Sydney, before a third-placed finish in Japan.

The Aussies currently sit six points clear of New Zealand in the World Series standings, and face Canada, Spain and Ireland in their pool matches.

Interim coach John Manenti said 

"We were pretty disappointed not to go all the way in Kitakyushu so the whole group is very keen to get back out there in Canada and rekindle our top form.

“It’s a good chance to freshen up Cassie (Staples) both physically and mentally, as it’s been a big slog over the last few months while Alicia (Quirk) has battled with a knee injury so it’s important we get that right ahead of Paris but also the World Cup.

“It’s a tough pool we have in Canada, especially facing the hosts first up on day one. It’s said a lot but there’s no easy games in Sevens and the gap between the top teams and the rest is really closing – and fast. So we have to be accurate and clinical from the get go if we want to top the podium in Canada."

The Langford Sevens kicks off on Sunday May 13, with day one streaming at worldrugby.org.

SQUAD

IN:  Lillian Dick, Lauren Brown

OUT: Cassie Staples, Alicia Quirk

Aussie women's sevens for Langford Sevens

1. Shannon Parry (c), 26 caps, QLD and Griffith University

2. Yasmin Meakes*, 1 cap, ACT and University of Canberra

3. Demi Hayes, 5 caps, QLD and Griffith University

4. Dominique Du Toit, 8 caps, QLD and Macquarie University

5. Emma Tonegato, 20 caps, NSW and University of Adelaide

6. Evania Pelite, 16 caps, QLD and University of Adelaide

7. Charlotte Caslick, 24 caps, QLD and Bond University

8. Page McGregor, 1 cap, NSW and Macquarie University

9. Emma Sykes, 8 caps, QLD and University of Queensland

10. Lauren Brown, 1 cap, QLD and Griffith University

11. Emilee Cherry, 27 caps, QLD and University of Queensland

12. Georgina Friedrichs, 9 caps, QLD and University of Tasmania

13th. Lillian Dick*, QLD and University of Queensland

*Uncapped on HSBC Sevens World Series

FIXTURES

Sunday May 13

All times AEST

Australia vs Canada, 4:36am

Australia vs Ireland, 7:30am

Australia vs Spain, 10:22am