Aussie women's sevens coach rings changes for Japan
AUSTRALIAN Sevens coach Tim Walsh has opted to blood young players and test out new combinations in the fourth round of the HSBC women's Sevens World Series in Kitakyushu, Japan, this coming weekend.
The Olympic champions are keen to get a taste of winning again after finishing second to New Zealand in the last round of the World Series.
They are also looking to lift themselves from second spot on the ladder as quickly as possible with just three rounds of the World Series to play.
Young players Demi Hayes and Dominique Du Toit have been bought into the Australian side alongside Brooke Walker, with one to be dropped just prior to he tournament start in Japan.
"We're just over halfway and we are looking forward to finishing the season strongly but also blooding some younger players and getting their experience up," Walsh said.
"We've made a few tactical changes to really bring up some other players in key positions and I'm looking forward to seeing those younger players putting up their hand.
"We are in a position now where we are really pushing for the title again.
"The pressure is now on New Zealand and all is takes is one slip up and we're in.
"We're just focusing on our job and I think the results will take care of themselves.
"The Women's Six Nations players coming back into Sevens will strengthen those European teams which will change the dynamic of the competition."
Australia will play Fiji, Ireland and Brazil in Pool B at the tournament with these matches to be played on April 22.
SEVENS SQUAD FOR KITAKYUSHU, JAPAN
Shannon Parry (c), 20 caps, Brisbane, QLD
Mahalia Murphy, 6 caps, Sydney, NSW
Chloe Dalton, 13 caps, Sydney, NSW
Demi Hayes, 1 caps, Mount Isa, QLD
Georgina Friedrichs, 4 caps, Harare, Zimbabwe
Evania Pelite, 11 caps, Caboolture, QLD
Charlotte Caslick, 19 caps, Brisbane, QLD
Alicia Quirk, 19 caps, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Emma Sykes, 3 caps, Sydney, NSW
Brooke Walker, 3 caps, Sydney, NSW
Emilee Cherry, 21 caps, Roma, QLD
Dominque Du Toit, 2 caps, Marondera, Zimbabwe
Ellia Green, 17 caps, Melbourne, VIC
*One player to be named as 13th non-playing touring member.
Saturday 22 April
Australia v Brazil, 12.36pm AEST
Australia v Ireland, 3.20pm AEST
Australia v Fiji, 6.04pm AEST