Alicia Quirk Returns For Aussie Sevens As Young Debutants Join Fold

by Rugby Australia

Aussie 7s star Alicia Quirk will re-join her team mates on the playing field when she runs out for round two of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai on Friday 30 November next week, alongside debutants Lily Dick and Sariah Paki.

Quirk has overcome a knee injury sustained during the Sevens Rugby World Cup to be back to full fitness.  

Dick and Paki will make their debuts for Australia having come through the ranks of the Aon University Sevens Series with the University of Queensland and Macquarie University respectively.

Both players have also represented Australia in the Aussie Girls Youth team in previous years.

Australia goes into round two of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai in fifth place, despite only dropping one match in round one of the Series at the USA 7s last month.

The Aussie Women’s Sevens side will face England, China and the team round one runners up, USA in the battle to top Pool B.

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach, John Manenti said: “The team has been working really hard since the USA7s and we are looking forward to getting back out playing again.

“Having Alicia back is a big boost for the squad, she’s a tireless worker on the field and will bring plenty of big tournament experience to our campaign. 

“It’s great to be officially expanding our Aussie Women’s Sevens family with two new caps for Lily and Sariah.

“Both players have done really well in the last few months with exceptional performances across the Aon University Sevens Series as well as for our Development side that won the Oceania Sevens Championship earlier this month.

“They’ll bring new energy to the squad for Dubai and they’re looking forward to their World Series debut.”

1. Samantha Treherne, Griffith University, 1 cap 
2. Sharni Williams, University of Canberra, 25 caps
3. Sariah Paki*, Macquarie University 
4. Dominique Du Toit, Macquarie University, 11 caps
5. Yasmin Meakes, Canberra University, 4 caps  
6. Evania Pelite, University of Adelaide, 19 caps, 
7. Charlotte Caslick, Bond University, 27 caps
8. Lily Dick*, University of Queensland  
9. Emma Sykes, University of Tasmania, 11 caps 
10. Alicia Quirk, University of New England, 24 caps 
11. Page McGregor, Macquarie University, 4 caps 
12. Ellia Green, University of Tasmania, 20 caps  

*Uncapped

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Fixtures, Dubai

Thursday November 29

Australia v England, 7.44pm AEDT

Australia v China, 10.40pm AEDT

Friday 30 November

Australia v USA, 1.59am AEDT