Australia women's national rugby sevens team

The Australia women's national rugby sevens team were champions of the inaugural Women's Sevens World Cup in 2009. The team plays in the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series as one of the "core teams" on the world tour,[1] of which they were crowned Champions in 2015–16.[2][3] The team also played in the preceding competition to the current world series, the IRB Women's Sevens Challenge Cup. In 2016, they won the inaugural gold medal at the Rio Olympics.[4]

Australia
UnionRugby Australia
Coach(es)John Manenti
Captain(s)Shannon Parry
Team kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances3 (First in 2009)
Best resultChampions (2009)
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 2018 Gold Coast Team
Australia with possession during the women's final at the 2016 Olympic Sevens.

As of 2015, the team also competes in the Pacific Games Sevens.[5][6]

Australia vs New Zealand at the Dubai Sevens

Team name Edit

The national sevens side is known as Australia and, as confirmed by captain Sharni Williams, does not have a nickname as of 2015.[7] The team is sometimes referred to as the Pearls in sections of the media,[8] but that name refers to Australia's developmental sevens side that participates in domestic tournaments rather than the official national team.[7]

HonoursEdit

Australia has won the following:

World Rugby Sevens Series

World Cup Sevens

Rugby sevens at the Summer Olympics

Rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games

Major tournament wins

Regional tournament wins


In 2016 the Australian women's sevens team was named Team of the Year at the Australian Institute of Sport Performance Awards.[9]

Tournament recordEdit

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Australia

World Cup SevensEdit

Rugby World Cup 7s
Year Round Position P W L D
  2009 Final   6 5 1 0
  2013 Plate final 5 6 5 1 0
  2018 Third playoff   4 3 1 0
  2022 Qualified
Total 1 Title 3/3 16 13 3 0

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Commonwealth Games 7s
Year Round Position P W L D
  2018 Final   5 4 1 0
Total 0 Titles 0/1 5 4 1 0

Pacific GamesEdit

Pacific Games 7s
Year Round Position P W L D
  2011 Not eligible
  2015 Final   7 6 1 0
  2019 Final   7 6 1 0
Total 0 Titles 2/3 14 12 2 0

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games 7s
Year Round Position P W L D
  2016 Final   6 5 0 1
  2020 Fifth playoff 5 6 4 2 0
Total 1 Title 2/2 12 9 2 1

Oceania Women's SevensEdit

Oceania Women's 7s
Year Round Position P W L D
  2008 Final   6 6 0 0
  2012 Final   6 5 1 0
  2013 Final   6 6 0 0
  2014 Final   8 6 2 0
  2015 Did not attend
  2016 Final   6 6 0 0
  2017 Final   5 4 1 0
  2018 Final   5 5 0 0
  2019 Final   5 5 0 0
  2020 Event cancelled
  2021 Round-robin   6 3 3 0
Total 5 Titles 9/10 53 46 7 0

World Series recordEdit

Key to tournament locations
Africa and Middle East
Asia
Americas
Europe
Oceania Australian event 

2010sEdit

Summary for Series I to VIII
Women's Sevens Series

  

Challenge

11–12

I

12–13

II

13–14

III

14–15

 
Africa and
Middle East
 rd
Dubai
4th
Dubai
 st
Dubai
 nd
Dubai
 
Oceania
 
Americas  st
São Paulo
 nd
São Paulo
 rd
Houston
 rd
Atlanta
5th
Atlanta
7th
Langford
 
Asia 7th
Guangzhou
 nd
Guangzhou
 nd
Hong Kong
 
Europe 4th
London
 st
London
7th
Amsterdam
 nd
Amsterdam
 nd
Amsterdam
 
 
 

 

3/3
 

 

4/4
46 pts

5th [10]

5/5
92 pts

 nd [11]

6/6
94 pts

 rd

Women's Sevens Series
IV

 15–16 

V

 16–17 

VI

 17–18 

VII

 18–19 

VIII

 19–20 

 
 st
Dubai
 nd
Dubai
 st
Dubai
 rd
Dubai
4th
Dubai
 nd
Cape Town
 
4th
Sydney
 st
Sydney
 nd
Sydney
 rd
Sydney
4th
Hamilton
 
 st
São Paulo
 st
Atlanta
 nd
Las Vegas

5th
Glendale
 nd
Glendale
 rd
Langford
 rd
Langford
 nd
Langford
 nd
Langford
 
 rd
Kitakyushu
 rd
Kitakyushu
6th
Kitakyushu
 
 nd
Clermont
 nd
Clermont
 nd
Paris
5th
Biarritz
 
5/5
94 pts

 st

6/6
100 pts

 nd

5/5
92 pts

 st

6/6
86 pts

4th

5/5
80 pts

 nd

2020sEdit

Women's Sevens Series
Cancelled
2021
IX
2021–22
X
2022–23
XI
2023–24
XII
2024–25
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  • 40 pts
  • 1st
Notes:
  • * Shared placing.
    1. ^ a b Two invitational Fast Four events were played in Canada after the 2021 series was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[12]

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

Previous squadsEdit

The following is the Australia roster in the women's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[13]

Head coach: Tim Walsh

Backs Forwards
3 Nicole Beck 1 Shannon Parry (c)
5 Emma Tonegato 2 Sharni Williams (c)
6 Evania Pelite 4 Gemma Etheridge
7 Charlotte Caslick 8 Chloe Dalton
10 Alicia Quirk 9 Amy Turner
11 Emilee Cherry
12 Ellia Green

The following is the Australia roster in the women's rugby sevens tournament of the 2015 Pacific Games:[14][15][16]

  • Nicole Beck (c)
  • Brooke Anderson
  • Dominique "Dom" Du Toit
  • Nikki Etheridge
  • Georgie Friedrichs
  • Mollie Gray
  • Sarah Halvorsen
  • Mahalia Murphy
  • Taleena Simon
  • Tanisha Stanton
  • Laura Waldie
  • Brooke Walker

CoachesEdit

Name Tenure Refs
John Manenti 2018–present [17]
Tim Walsh 2013–2018 [18]
Chris Lane 2011–13 [19]

CaptainsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IRB announces Women's Sevens World Series" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 4 October 2012. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Australian women's side secure rugby sevens world series title". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 29 May 2016. Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Series champions Australia second in Clermont". www.rugby.com.au. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Australia wins gold in women's rugby sevens". Sky News. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Australia and New Zealand to compete in Pacific Games". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 July 2014. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  6. ^ Chand, Shalveen (30 April 2015). "History for 2015 Pacific Games". The Fiji Times. Archived from the original on 23 April 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b Polkinghorne, David (7 December 2015). "Women's sevens captain Sharni Williams waiting for results of knee scans". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 2 July 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Australian Rugby Sevens tops Oceania qualifying to reach for 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 November 2015. Archived from the original on 2 July 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Chalmers claims two AIS awards to complete fairy tale year". Australian Sports Commission website. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  10. ^ "2013 IRB Women's Sevens Standings". Rugby7.
  11. ^ "2014 IRB Women's Sevens Standings". Rugby7.
  12. ^ "The wait is over as HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series returns in Canada". World Rugby Sevens. 12 September 2021. Archived from the original on 12 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Rio 2016: Olympic squads named by Australia for rugby sevens debut at Games". ABC News. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  14. ^ [dead link]"Beck Named Captain Of Australian Women's Sevens Squad For Pacific Games". rugby.com.au. Australian Rugby Union. 9 June 2015. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Australian team for 2015 Pacific Games" (PDF). olympics.com.au. Australian Olympic Committee. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Rugby Union 7s Female: Australia". pg2015.gems.pro. 2015 Pacific Games. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Former Eastwood premiership-winning coach John Manenti takes charge of Australian women's sevens team". news.com.au. 20 April 2018. Archived from the original on 29 April 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Former Australian Sevens rep named new Women's coach". Australian Rugby. 19 September 2013. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  19. ^ "Qantas Women's Sevens coach resigns". Australian Rugby. 20 July 2013. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.

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