The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team will see the return of Emilee Cherry to International Rugby with Cherry to run out in the green and gold for the first time since 2018 after a battle with injury and the both of daughter Alice last June.
Cherry joins the side for round four of the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series in Hamilton, New Zealand, the first time New Zealand has hosted a leg of the Women’s circuit.
Cherry has been re-building her body to make to peak fitness since her return to full training working alongside the Rugby Australia High Performance department to ensure she was ready for the rigours of International Sevens.
Also re-joining the squad is Dom Du Toit and Emma Sykes with Du Toit playing in her first World Series tournament since Sydney last year.
The Aussie 7s Women will meet Brazil, Russia and the USA in Pool B as the women in gold look to continue their strong start to the season, currently holding onto second position on the overall ladder (50 points) where they trail New Zealand by six points.
Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach, John Manenti said: “It’s great to welcome back Emilee to the playing squad and it is a credit to herself and our high-performance staff that she’s ready to play International Rugby again.
“Additionally, Dom Du Toit and Emma Sykes have both put their hands up for selection following injury battles and have been working hard off the field to get back into the gold jersey.
“We have a challenging pool with two very physical teams in the USA and Russia. Brazil play with speed and south American flair that is unpredictable.
“Playing in our own part of the world is really exciting and the squad is looking forward to playing in New Zealand.”
The Aussie Women’s Sevens will be in action at the HSBC Sydney 7s at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday February 1 and Sunday February 2.
Qantas Australian Women's Sevens for Hamilton
1. Rhiannon Byers, University of New England, NSW, 4 caps
2. Sharni Williams (c), University of Canberra, ACT, 32 caps
3. Sariah Paki, University of Technology Sydney, NSW, 9 caps
4. Cassandra Staples, University of Queensland, NSW, 10 caps
5 . Emma Tonegato, University of Wester Australia, NSW, 28 caps
6. Demi Hayes, Griffith University, Queensland, 10 caps
7. Dominque Du Toit, University of Western Australia, QLD,
8. Madison Ashby, University of Technology Sydney, NSW, 3 caps
9. Emma Sykes, University of Queensland, QLD, 5 caps
10. Alicia Lucas, University of New England, NSW, 32 caps
11. Emilee Cherry, University of Queensland, QLD,
12. Ellia Green, University of Melbourne, Victoria, 28 caps
13. Faith Nathan, University of Technology Sydney, NSW, 2 caps