Australia unveils squad for Commonwealth

AUSTRALIA has unveiled its sevens squads for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, with the code making its women’s debut at the tournament and the men looking to better their bronze medal from four years ago.

There are no major surprises in either squad, with Tim Walsh’s World Series leading women’s side starting favourites on home soil for the tournament kicking off on April 13.

Andy Friend’s men are fourth on the World Series standings and both coaches have had the luxury of naming the same squads that won the Sydney Sevens tournament in February.

“We’re a really process driven team so we know that we’ve prepared well and we’re ready to walk off the field after the last game without any regret,” Walsh said.

“It’s always a privilege to play at home and something that we really enjoy but in reality, it’s the same size rugby field against the same number of players.

“The real difference is after the fulltime whistle.”

The Aussie women have been drawn in Pool B with Fiji, Wales and England while the men will meet Samoa, England and Jamaica in Pool B.

Australia women’s 7s squad

Charlotte Caslick, Emilee Cherry, Dominique Du Toit, Georgina Friedrichs, Ellia Green, Demi Hayes, Shannon Parry (co-captain), Evania Pelite, Alicia Quirk, Cassandra Staples, Emma Sykes, Emma Tonegato, Sharni Williams (co-captain).

Australia men’s 7s squad

Lachlan Anderson, Timothy Anstee, Thomas Connor, Lewis Holland (c), Boyd Killingworth, Maurice Longbottom, Thomas Lucas, Samuel Myers, Benjamin O’Donnell, Jesse Parahi, John Porch, James Stannard, Charlie Taylor.