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Australian Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens teams confirmed their teams for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

The Australian Commonwealth Games team today announced the Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens squads for next month’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

It’s the first time that Women will compete for the Rugby Sevens Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games since the sport’s inception in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998.

Before the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Australia’s Men’s Sevens squad won Bronze four years ago at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Their highest medal up to date when they won silver after having lost during the Gold Medal match against New Zealand, 24-17 at Delhi in 2010.

The Australian Women’s Sevens team will compete for Gold at Robina Stadium as they seek a Commonwealth Games Gold medal alongside their Olympic Gold and Sevens World Series triumphs.

Key squad members to watch

Eight members of the Women’s Olympic Gold Medal-winning side have stepped up to lead the Commonwealth Games campaign with Shannon Parry, and Sharni Williams both contributing the co-captaincy roles.

Nine players of the Men’s Sevens team will make their Commonwealth Games outings with four experienced veterans Tom Lucas, Sam Myers, Jesse Parahi and James Stannard tasted success in Glasgow.

Comments from both Coaches

Men’s Coach, Andy Friend

”I’m pleased with the squad where we’ve been building over the past 18 months which is virtually the same team to Sydney where we have a good win (Australian Sevens tournament) there,” said Andy Friend.

”It’s another home tournament for us where our goal is to win the Gold Medal at the end of this Commonwealth Games.”

Women’s Coach, Tim Walsh

”On our recent trip to Las Vegas in our final tournament preparations, the girls performed well and came back unscathed regarding injuries, so they’re right in physical and mental condition,” said Tim Walsh.

”We are very cognizant of the fact that we’re coming in as favorites as we did at the Rio Olympics. So we need to ensure that we’re on our best form to walk off the field without any regret.”

Where we can see the Aussies in action during the Games

Men

They will play in Pool B alongside Samoa, England, and Jamaica.

Team members

  • Lachlan Anderson*, 13 caps, Eastwood NSW
  • Timothy Anstee*, 16 caps, Eastwood NSW
  • Thomas Connor*, four caps, Eastwood NSW
  • Lewis Holland (Captain)*, 36 caps, Queanbeyan
  • Boyd Killingworth*, 16 caps, Warringah NSW
  • Maurice Longbottom*, four caps, Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team
  • Thomas Lucas, 23 caps, Sunnybank QLD
  • Samuel Myers, 32 caps, Norths NSW
  • Benjamin O’Donnell*, six caps, Randwick NSW
  • Jesse Parahi, 39 caps, Norths NSW
  • John Porch*, 15 caps, Norths NSW
  • James Stannard, 47 caps, Souths QLD
  • Charlie Taylor*, 11 caps, Manly NSW

*Will make their debut at the Commonwealth Games

Games on Saturday, 14 April

  • Australia v Samoa, Pool B (Morning)
  • Australia v Jamaica, Pool B (Morning)
  • Australia v England, Pool B (Evening)

Should Australia qualify from the Pool matches, semi-finals, and the Gold and Bronze medal matches will play on Sunday, 15 April.

Women

They have slotted inside Pool B with Fiji, Wales, and England.

Team members

  • Charlotte Caslick, 24 caps, QLD and Bond University
  • Emilee Cherry, 26 caps, QLD and University of Queensland
  • Dominique Du Toit, seven caps, QLD and Macquarie University
  • Georgina Friedrichs, eight caps, QLD and University of Tasmania
  • Elia Green, 19 caps, VIC and University of Tasmania
  • Demi Hayes, four caps, QLD and Griffith University
  • Shannon Parry (Captain), 25 caps, QLD and Griffith University
  • Evamoa Pelite. 15 caps, QLD and University of Adelaide
  • Alicia Quirk, 23 caps, NSW and University of Canberra
  • Cassandra Staples, four caps, NSW and University of Canberra
  • Emma Sykes, seven caps, QLD and University of Queensland
  • Emma Tonegato, 19 caps, NSW and University of Adelaide
  • Sharni Williams (Captain), 24 caps, ACT and University of Canberra

All of the Women’s squad make their debut at the Commonwealth Games

Games on Friday, 13 April and Saturday, 14 April

  • Australia v Wales, Pool B (Friday Evening)
  • Australia v England, Pool B (Friday Evening)
  • Australia v Fiji, Pool B (Saturday Evening)

Should Australia qualify from the Pool matches, semi-finals, and the Gold and Bronze medal matches will play on Sunday, 15 April.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will begin on Wednesday, 4 April to Sunday, 15 April 2018.

All of the Rugby Sevens Men’s and Women’s matches will play at Robina Stadium in Robina, Gold Coast, Queensland.

References

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