Australian Women’s Sevens team for Dubai
Sharni Williams, 35 caps
Lily Dick, 5 caps
Faith Nathan, 4 caps
Dominique Du Toit, 15 caps
Rhiannon Byers, 5 caps
Charlotte Caslick, 33 caps
Madison Ashby, 5 caps
Sariah Paki, 10 caps
Demi Hayes, 12 caps
*denotes uncapped Sevens World Series player
The Australian Women’s Seven side has been confirmed for Dubai as the team returns to the World Series for the first time since 2020.
Featuring four World Series debutants, the refreshed Australian side will balance youth and experience with eight players under 22 years old, as the side builds into the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea, Tia Hinds and Maddison Levi will headline the World Series debutants, with all three players making a name for themselves at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Teagan Levi is also set to make her debut, linking up with the Australian program on a full-time basis following a standout year with the Bond University Bull Sharks during the most recent Aon University Sevens Series.
The younger players will be guided by World Series regulars Sharni Williams, Charlotte Caslick and Dom Du Toit while Demi Hayes has been appointed captain of the new-look side, as they look to inspire the next generation of Olympians who could play on home soil in 2032.
Lily Dick, Rhiannon Byers, Madison Ashby, Faith Nathan and Sariah Paki will round out the young side as the Australian Sevens squad seek to defend their strong record in Dubai, having won the tournament on three previous occasions.
Australian Women’s Coach John Manenti said: “It’s exciting to finally get back on the World Series and to challenge this new generation women’s team against the rest of the world.
“We’ve have had some amazing players in our program but this new group is progressing really well. The team has worked hard through the pre-season and now comes the time for them to gain experience with international competition, and the more we get of this, the better we will become.
“The World Series and Sevens as a whole continues to grow rapidly and the level of competition we now face is reflective of this.
“There is no fear or expectations with this youthful side, it’s a great opportunity for them to express themselves and continue to grow, to highlight the work they’ve done and be resilient enough to adapt to everything the World Series can throw.
“It’s an action packed year with the Commonwealth Games and a World Cup so I look forward to seeing who puts their hand up for the privilege of wearing the gold jersey,” Manenti said
Australian Women’s Sevens Dubai Pool A Fixtures:
Friday 26 November
Australia v USA, 3:48pm AEDT
Australia v Spain, 6:50pm AEDT
Saturday 27 November
Australia v Brazil, 4:22pm AEDT
France v Australia, 7:23pm AEDT