July 24, 2021
2016 Rio Olympics champs Australia's Women's Sevens team will be looking to back up their heroics from Rio as they push for back-to-back gold medals.
They were one of the revelations of the 2016 Olympics and defeated New Zealand in the Final to claim gold in the inaugural edition of the seven-a-side format at the Games.
However, they enter Tokyo as the 'hunted', with NZ joined by the likes of Canada and USA in trying to take their crown reveals rugby.com.au.
The Women's Sevens side have been drawn in Pool C and will kick off their tournament against host nation Japan on Thursday, July 29 at 11:30 am and take on China at 6:30 pm.
Their group stage matches will be rounded out against the USA at 11.30am on July 30.
Shannon Parry and Sharni Williams will both lead from the front as they attempt to guide Australia to back-to-back gold medals.
The pair have been a mainstay of Australian Rugby for over a decade and seem to rise to the big occasions, having played at World Cups across both formats of the game.
If Australia wants to repeat the effort, it'll be crucial Parry and Williams can could a relatively inexperienced side around the park and combat the pressures that comes with being defending champions
Charlotte Caslick will once again be integral to their chances as the 26-year-old continues to go from strength to strength.
No matter the code, Caslick torches defenders with ball in hand and looms as the key playmaker for this side.
With regular partner in crime Ellia Green narrowly missing out on selection, it'll be up to Caslick to help spark this side and galvinse the younger players coming through the side.
Australia women's: Shannon Parry, Sharni Williams, Faith Nathan, Dominique Du Toit, Emma Tonegato, Evania Pelite, Charlotte Caslick, Madison Ashby, Tia Hinds, Sariah Paki, Demi Hayes, Maddison Levi, lysia Lefau-Fakaosilea
By Romeka Romena