The Australian Men’s and Women’s sides have both confirmed their sides for the 7th leg in the World Series in Toulouse France.
Australian Men’s Coach John Manenti has not made too many changes to his side debuting Northern Suburbs utility back Max Burey alongside Ben Dowling and Stuart Dunbar who will be returning to the side.
Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach John Manenti said: “After a run of podium finishes, we are striving for consistency in performance and going deep into every tournament we play in.
“Toulouse sees us in a very challenging pool, first up we have USA before we bounce into Scotland and New Zealand – we will need to be at the top of our game to get through the pool stages.
“The team is reasonably well settled now, with just one new edition in Max Burey who will debut for us. Max played in some practice matches in Fiji in March and he impressed before sustaining an injury.
“Max is another product of the Shute Shield and a battled-hardened performer for Norths Rugby Club.
“We’re really excited for this weekend and next week in London as a chance to perform and keep building towards the Commonwealth Games.”
Women’s Coach Tim Walsh has also kept his side relatively intact, with Tia Hinds and Teagan Levi returning to the side.
Hinds, who was the youngest member of the team in Tokyo last year, will be entering her fifth tournament at Toulouse after missing the last round in Langford.
After debuting in Dubai R1 Teagan Levi will be joining her sister Maddison again having last played together in Spain.
Australian Women’s Coach Tim Walsh said: “This past month on tour has been quite memorable for the squad.
“We have trained and prepared exceptionally well, shared some memorable experiences, and embedded a united approach for a sustainable future.
“This weekend is like every other tournament, we are prepared to perform and want to continue to improve aspects of our game both strategically, mentally, and physically.”
All Australian matches will be live on beIN Sports and Kayo Sports.
Australian Men’s Sevens Side for Toulouse
Henry Hutchison (C), Randwick, 38 caps Ben Dowling, Randwick, 4 caps Corey Toole, Gungahlin Eagles, 6 caps Dietrich Roache, Western Sydney Two Blues, 6 caps Max Burey, Northern Suburbs, Debut Henry Paterson, Eastern Suburbs, 6 caps Josh Turner, Manly Marlins, 11 caps Matthew Gonzalez, Eastwood, 2 caps Stuart Dunbar, Sydney Uni, 6 caps Nick Malouf, University of Queensland, 44 caps Maurice Longbottom, Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team, 25 caps Nathan Lawson, Southern Districts, 3 caps Ben Marr, Warringah, 2 caps
Australian Women’s Sevens Side for Toulouse
Lily Dick, 10 caps Sharni Williams, 39 caps Faith Nathan, 9 caps Dominique Du Toit, 20 caps Jesse Southwell, 1 cap Tia Hinds, 4 caps Charlotte Caslick (C), 38 caps Madison Ashby, 10 caps Bienne Terita, 2 caps Sariah Paki, 15 caps Demi Hayes (C), 17 caps Maddison Levi, 5 caps Teagan Levi, 2 caps
Australian 7s Men’s Pool C Fixtures – Toulouse
Friday 20 May
Australia vs USA – 9:06pm AEST
Saturday 21 May
Australia vs Scotland – 3:46am AEST
Australia vs New Zealand – 9:06pm AEST
Australian 7s Women’s Pool A Fixtures – Toulouse
Friday 20 May
Australia vs South Africa – 6:36pm AEST
Saturday 21 May
Australia vs Fiji – 2:06am
Australia vs USA – 6:36am