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Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens star Charlotte Caslick has been named in the Australian squad for round four of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Langford, Canada, alongside nine other Queenslanders.
Caslick suffered concussion in the Commonwealth Games Gold Medal Final on the Gold Coast and was forced to sit out the World Series event in Kitakyushu, Japan as she completed the return-to-play concussion management protocols.
Caslick is one of just two changes made by interim Head Coach John Manenti, with Alicia Quirk (knee) and Cassie Staples rested for the penultimate tournament of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Uncapped Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) Women’s Sevens Academy graduate Lilly Dick has also been named as 13th woman.
Australia currently leads the HSBC Sevens World Series standings on 56 points as New Zealand (50 points) aim to snatch top spot leading into the final event in Paris next month.
Australia have been drawn in Pool C alongside Spain, Ireland and hosts Canada with their campaign kicking off early morning on Sunday 13 May.
The first day of play from Langford, Canada will be live streamed on worldrugby.org.
Interim Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach, John Manenti said: “It’s been a good couple of weeks back home after the tournament in Japan.
“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,” Manenti said.
Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens fixtures:
Sunday 13 May
Australia v Canada, 4.36am AEST
Australia v Ireland, 7.30am AEST
Australia v Spain, 10.22am AEST
Australian Women’s Sevens side:
1. Shannon Parry (c), 26 caps, QLD and Griffith University - Brisbane
2. Yasmin Meakes*, 1 cap, ACT and University of Canberra
3. Demi Hayes, 5 caps, QLD and Griffith University - Glenmorgan (Darling Downs)
4. Dominique Du Toit, 8 caps, QLD and Macquarie University - Toowoomba
5. Emma Tonegato, 20 caps, NSW and University of Adelaide
6. Evania Pelite, 16 caps, QLD and University of Adelaide - Brisbane
7. Charlotte Caslick, 24 caps, QLD and Bond University - Brisbane
8. Page McGregor, 1 cap, NSW and Macquarie University
9. Emma Sykes, 8 caps, QLD and University of Queensland - Sunshine Coast
10. Lauren Brown, 1 cap, QLD and Griffith University - Brisbane
11. Emilee Cherry, 27 caps, QLD and University of Queensland - Roma (Darling Downs)
12. Georgina Friedrichs, 9 caps, QLD and University of Tasmania - Toowoomba
13th. Lillian Dick*, QLD and University of Queensland - Gold Coast
*Uncapped on HSBC Sevens World Series
23 JANUARY 2019