Manenti positive about injured quintet

Womens - Paris
Beth Newman Profile
by Beth Newman

Aussie women's Sevens coach John Manenti is confident he will almost a full complement to call on for July's Sevens World Cup.

Three of the side's Olympic gold medallists - Ellia Green, Alicia Quirk and Sharni Williams - were sitting at home watching their team take the World Series title in Paris, while Dom Du Toit (collarbone), Emma Tonegato (shoulder) and Emilee Cherry, who sat out the final, also added some concerns.

Du Toit will certainly miss the rest of the season, fracturing her collarbone, but Manenti is confident the rest will be fit when the final tournament of this year comes around.

"We're still assessing them at the moment but positive that they'll both be fine for the World Cup," he said.

"There was a few niggles there but it looks like we won't be too bad off and with a bit of luck the return of Ellia, Alicia and Sharni, (means they) will all come back into the fold as well.

"Fingers crossed and some good hard work and medical efforts will get the team in good shape for that."

The Aussie women returned to Sydney on Wednesday after claiming their second World Series in three seasons, despite finishing second in the final World Series leg.

Though they missed out on the Paris title, they pulled out a last-gasp effort against France to even make the Cup decider, a win that sealed the Wold Series and showed Manenti the grit this side has.

"They're a brilliant bunch of girls and they get that from their work and their camaraderie and how much they care for each other and...they just find a way when many teams wouldn't," he said.

"We've had three or four injuries over the last three tournaments that have had helped us out in the sense of giving new girls opportunities and it's not easy on the girls at home but they just keep showing that we've got this ability to step up and fire and it's a nice thing for the girls to have."

It hasn't been easy for the side, who have suffered those injuries and were pipped in extra-time in April's Commonwealth Games gold medal match, but co-captain Shannon Parry said the adversity of the season, where they still managed to finish on top, would only be good for them in the long run.

"It was a fantastic season for the girls," she said.

"We've been able to blood a lot of youngsters and give them quality game time, which will no doubt leave us in good stead for the World Cup coming up.

"We celebrate this victory, we've won two world series in the past three years, so that's been fantastic for this group of young ladies that's behind me and our whole squad members.

"It's been a fantastic year but we've got one more job to do at the World Cup, which we're very much looking forward to."

The Rugby World Cup Sevens kicks off on Friday July 20 in San Francisco, running until Sunday July 22.