Aussie trio named in Dubai Dream Team as tough pools confirmed for Cape Town

Tue, Dec 5, 2023, 12:15 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Australia has dominated the Women's Dubai Dream Team. Photo: World Rugby
Australia has dominated the Women's Dubai Dream Team. Photo: World Rugby

Australia Sevens captain Charlotte Caslick and the Levi sisters have been recognised with selection in the Dubai Dream Team after their opening round success in the SVNS World Series.

Caslick was at her playmaking best across the tournament, scoring five and assisting a host more as she powered the Aussies to their first title of 2023.

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She was joined in kind by Maddison and Teagan Levi, celebrating their re-signing with excellent weekends.

Maddison broke her record for most tries in a single weekend in Dubai with 12 whilst Teagan's double in the 26-19 win over New Zealand in the Final earned the 20-year-old her first Player of the Final award.

Black Ferns star Jorja Miller won selection after her hat trick in the Final, with France's Anne-Cécile Ciofani, Canada's Florence Symonds and Fiji's Reapi Ulunisau rounding out the team.

The Australian sides have arrived in Cape Town ahead of the series' second leg, the only double-header weekend on the schedule.

Tim Walsh's side have been drawn alongside Fiji, Japan and Spain in Pool A as they look for back-to-back titles.

The Aussies will be out to improve on their record-breaking win against the Japanese, defeating them 66-0 in Dubai, the largest ever on the World Series.

The Black Ferns are drawn alongside Ireland, Brazil and Great Britain in Pool B, while France, Canada, USA and South Africa represent a dangerous Pool C, with the South Africans almost defeating the Kiwis last weekend.

As for the Men, they face a tough challenge in the form of defending World Series champions New Zealand, defending Cape Town champions Samoa and Canada in Pool C.

Series leaders and hosts South Africa have drawn Ireland, USA and Great Britain whilst Argentina, Fiji, France and Spain round out Pool C.

This will be the last event of 2023, with the Series resuming in 2024 in Perth on January 26-28.

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