Aussies confirm unchanged teams for LA as they receive brutal pool draws

Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 6:15 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Henry Palmer and Henry Hutchison combine against the USA at SVNS Vancouver

The Australian sides have announced unchanged sides from Vancouver as they look to rebound in Los Angeles.

John Manenti has resisted the temptation to bring in Michael Hooper after the Sevens convert initially flagged LA as a potential debut destination.

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Nick Malouf will once again captain the side as they look to rebound from their tenth-place finish.

They face a brutal pool draw, opening their campaign with arch-rivals New Zealand (3:22 pm) on March 2.

The two teams last faced off in Cape Town, with the Kiwis running out 35-5 winners before the Aussies made a dream run to the Final.

This will be followed by clashes with rematches against the USA (6:20 am March 3) and Samoa (10:28 am), who both defeated Australia in Vancouver.

Australia currently sit fifth on the World Series ladder with four tournaments remaining until the Final in Madrid.

As for the Women, they will be without Teagan Levi for the opening game against Ireland (11:30 am) on March 2.

Levi was suspended for four matches after the 20-year-old was cited following their group stages win over the USA.

It will be the first time they play Ireland since they were upset in the Perth Final, the Irish's first title in World Series history.

Following this, the Australians will take on Japan (6:42 am, March 3) and France (11:40 am).

Australia narrowly came away with the 12-10 win in last week's Pool match against the Japanese whilst France knocked out Australia in the semi-finals.

Dom du Toit was the lone Australian named in the Vancouver Dream Team, continuing her incredible start to the season.

Every round of the HSBC SVNS series will be shown exclusive, ad-free, live and on demand on Stan Sport.

Australia Women’s Sevens team for LA SVNS: 

1. Lily Dick

2. Sharni Smale

3. Faith Nathan

4. Dominique Du Toit

5. Teagan Levi

6. Madison Ashby

7. Charlotte Caslick (c)

8. Kaitlin Shave

9. Tia Hinds

10. Bella Nasser

12. Maddison Levi

44. Sidney Taylor

65. Sariah Paki

Australia Men’s Sevens team for LA SVNS

1. Henry Hutchison

2. Ben Dowling

3. Henry Palmer

4. Dietrich Roache

5. Tim Clements

6. Henry Paterson

7. Josh Turner

9. Matt Gonzalez

10. Nick Malouf (c)

12. Nathan Lawson

14. James Turner

25. Hayden Sargeant

87. Michael Icely

Australian Sevens Vancouver 2024 Schedule

*All times AEDT

Women

Saturday, March 2

Australia v Ireland - 11:30 am

Sunday, March 3

Australia v Japan - 6:42 am

Australia v France - 11:40 am

Men

Saturday, March 2

Australia v New Zealand - 3:22 pm

Sunday, March 3

Australia v USA - 6:20 am

Australia v Samoa - 10:28 am

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