Rio Gold Medallist, Chloe Dalton to re-join Aussie 7s for Tokyo charge

· Womens-Langford
by Rugby Australia

 The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team’s Gold Medal defence has been bolstered with the confirmation that Chloe Dalton will re-join the program from April in a bid to put herself in contention for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Dalton will be available for the HSBC Sevens World Series rounds in Langford and Paris. Dalton made her debut for Australia in 2014 in Dubai, amassing 16 World Series caps before moving to Melbourne to play in the AFLW.

Despite not playing since 2017, Dalton still sits in 20th position on the all-time points scorers list, with 402 points, just trailing Australian Captain, Sharni Williams on 414.

Dalton was one of Australia’s greatest assets during the 2015-2016 season and during the Rio Olympic Games, known for her world-class kicking and defensive play.

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach, John Manenti said: “In her last season playing Chloe was the Australian Sevens Player of the Year and we are looking forward to providing her with the platform to be that player again.

“The competition for positions is already red-hot and adding a multi-skilled player into the mix will only increase that drive amongst the players for the gold jersey.

“Chloe is a world-class kicker and will add depth to our current crop of kickers.”

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens player, Chloe Dalton said: “The honour of representing your country at an Olympic Games is an amazing opportunity and its something that I am keen to put my hand up for over the next few months.

“I’d like to thank Carlton for their support in me pursuing the gold jersey and to John Manenti and Scott Bowen for their faith in me in giving me this opportunity.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to and getting on with the hard work with my team mates.”

The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens will travel to Hamilton for the next round of the HSBC Sevens World Series over the Australia Day weekend, currently sitting in second position on the overall series ladder.