HSBC Women’s Sevens Series Dubai Sevens Squads & Schedule

November 30, 2016

HSBC Women’s Sevens Series Dubai Sevens Squads & Schedule


Doug Coil

The first leg of six of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series begins in a few hours on December 1st. Yesterday, World Rugby, USA Rugby and USA Sevens Rugby announced that a stop was added in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 3-4, 2017.  Like Dubai, the stop will have both a Women’s and Men’s stop for the Series.

In Pool A, Australia won their first Championship of the Series, winning stops in Dubai, Sao Paulo and Atlanta. They also won the Olympic Gold Medal in Rio. Emilee Cherry was the 2015-16 top try scorer with 22 tries and 134 points. Chole Dalton (112) and Ella Green (100) also reached the century mark for points scored.

Australia also has World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year 2016 ion the squad. “Caslick has been a central figure in Australia’s dominance over the last 12 months and also an inspiration and role model to young girls across the world. Blessed with great vision and speed of foot, nimble footwork and a turn of pace, Australia’s playmaker is at the heart of everything and also not afraid to make the big tackles on defence. Despite her age (21), Caslick already has 16 series tournaments to her name and chances are we haven’t even seen the best of her yet.”

Joining Australia in Pool A is the USA. The Women’s Eagles Sevens finished in sixth place last year and hopes to have a stronger performance this year. Head Coach Richie Walker took over as head coach in 2016 and this will be his first full season at the helm. Alev Kelter was the leading scorer for the USA with 79 points in last year’s Series. For a preview of the USA squad click on Walker Selects Women’s Eagles Sevens Squad for Dubai.

Russia will also be competing to emerge into the Cup round. Last year they finish just behind the USA in seventh place. Elana Zdrokova was their leading scorer with 70 points from 14 tries.

Nadezda Kudinova was a nominee for World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year in 2015. “Kudinova will be vital to their hopes of repeating their heroics of 12 months ago when they upset New Zealand in their first match en route to a final loss to Australia. The fifth highest point-scorer in series history with 348 – including 34 tries – in her 15 tournaments, Kudinova will hope to use her pace and vision to inspire consistency in a Russian team which experienced the high of second place in Dubai and the lows of missing out on the Cup quarter-finals in Sao Paulo and Clermont-Ferrand.”

South Africa rejoins the Series for Dubai and should gain valuable experience for the program.

In Pool B, New Zealand hopes to regain first place when the Series ends in 2017. They finished second to Australia last year, while finishing in first place the previous three years. Portia Woodman was the leading point scorer with 120 points from 24 tries.

Tenika Willison is an exciting new player for the Black Ferns. She is a playmaker and hopes to showcase her potential in Dubai.

France finished in fifth place year and have been cup semi-finalists in the last two years at Dubai. Camille Grassineau is their leading scorer with 80 points from 16 tries.

Fiji has a new coachin Iliesa Tanivula and hopes to improve on the team’s eight place finish in the Series. Rusila nagasau was their leading scorer with 64 points, while Ana Maria Roqica had nine tries.

Rounding out the pool is Ireland who were in 12th place last year. They retained their core team status for 2016-17 after finishing behind Spain and Russia in the Olympic women’s repechage in Dublin in June.

Amee Leigh Murphy-Crowe is a player to watch for Ireland. The 21-year-old Murphy-Crowe is a try scorer and lead Ireland to finishing third in the Olympic Women’s Repechage with 7 tries.This helped Ireland to retain their core team status. “Blessed with a turn of pace and quick feet, Murphy Crowe will be hoping Ireland can enjoy more possession in the season ahead so she can add to her 10 tries in six series events.”

In Pool C Canada brings a strong side to Dubai that is missing only Jen Kish who is injured. Last year they finished third in the Series and their new captain Ghislaine Landry was the leading points scorer with 158 points with 19 tries.

Canada will be pressed by England who finished fourth in the Series, but won one title last year in Langford. Watch for Katy Mclean with 82 points and Heather Fisher with 14 tries.

Heather Fisher is a former bobsleigh brakeman. She is a powerful runner who has an eye of the try-line and was England’s leading try-scorer last season. She is also a Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 winner and a veteran of 27 tests. “Fisher is hard to stop when she gets on a roll and that frees up space for team-mates arounds her to profit from. Her experience, of the series and Olympic Games, will be invaluable in an England squad featuring five debutants in Dubai.”

Ghislaine Landry “is blessed with both pace and vision, a lethal combination for any sevens player, and on her day can be unplayable.”She has been the leading point scorer for the last two series, crossing for 19 tries in a 158-point haul in 2015-16 and only Portia Woodman has scored more points in series history. Landry appeared in the dream teams for four of the five rounds in 2015-16 and now has the added responsibility of the captaincy, a role she is sure to relish as Canada go in search of a first Cup final appearance in Dubai at the fifth time of asking.”

Spain finished in 9th place in the Series and nine members of the squad helped their 15s team qualify for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 on Saturday. Spain beat Scotland 15-10 with Amaia Erbina, Patricia Garcia and Marina Bravo each scoring a try. Patricia Garcia was the leading scorer for Spain in last year’s Series with 92 points and 9 tries.

Patricia Garcia is playmaker who played rugby in New Zealand. Expect to see Garcia’s handling skills and quick feet to create opportunities for herself and her teammates.

Brazil was a non-core team last year. Their top scorer is Raquel Kochhann with 37 points and 5 tries.


  • Pool A: Australia, USA, Russia, South Africa
  • Pool B: New Zealand, France, Fiji, Ireland
  • Pool C: Canada, England, Spain, Brazil

Pool A

  • Australia:  1 Shannon Parry (co-captain) 2 Sharni Williams (co-captain) 3 Tiana Penitani 4 Mahalia Murphy 5 Emma Tonegato 6 Georgie Friedrichs 7  Charlotte Caslick 8 Chloe Dalton 9 Brooke Anderson 10 Alicia Quirk 11 Emilee Cherry 12 Emma Sykes*Head Coach Tim Walsh
  • USA: 1 Cheta Emba*2 Ryan Carlyle 3 Kate Zackary 4 Alev Kelter 5 Nicole Heavirland 6 Lauren Doyle 7 Naya Tapper 8 Joanne Fa’avesi 9 Nicole Strasko* 10 Kayla Canett* 11 Kristine Sommer*12 Bulou Mataitoga* Head Coach Richie Walker
  • Russia: 1 Anna Minislamova 2 Arina Bystrova 3 Daria Bobkova 4 Alena Mikhaltsova 5 Anna Gavrilyuk 6 Nikolina Riashina 7 Marina Petrova 8 Liudmila Artamonova 9 Nadezda Kudinova 10 Elena Zdrokova 11 Kristina Seredina 12 Mariia Perestiak Head Coach Pavel Baranovsky
  • South Africa: 1 Nomsa Mokwai* 2 Christelene Steinhoebel* 3 Nadine Roos* 4 Zintle Mpupha 5 Zenay Jordaan 6 Veroeshka Grain 7 Phumeza Gadu  (captain) 8 Lamia Momoti 9 Eloise Webb* 10 Mathrin Simmers 11 Jackie Kriel 12 Marithy Pienaar Head Coach Renfred Dazel

Pool B

  • New Zealand: 1 Ruby Tui 2 Shakira Baker 3 Jordon Webber 4 Niall Williams 5 Sarah Goss (captain) 6 Michaela Blyde 7 Tyla Nathan-Wong 8 Kelly Brazier 9 Tenika Willison* 10 Katarina Whata-Simpkins 11 Portia Woodman 12 Rebekah Cordero-Tufuga*Travelling reserves: Jess Drummond*, Danielle Paenga* Head Coach Allan Buntings
  • France: 1 Rose Thomas 2 Joanna Sainlo 3 Marjorie Mayans 4 Pauline Biscarat 5 Montserrat Amedee 6 Fanny Horta (captain) 7 Caroline Boujard* 8 Camille Grassineau 9 Carla Neissen* 10 Mathilde Coutouly* 11 Laürelin Fourcade 12 Lina Guerin Head Coach David Courteix
  • Fiji: 1 Merewai Cumu 2 Tima Tamoi 3 Raijeli Daveua 4 Ana Maria Naimasi 5 Pricilla Siata 6 Asena Yalewalili 7 Rusila Nagasau 8 Lavenia Tinai 9 Ana Maria Roqica (captain) 10 Viniana Riwai 11 Miriama Naiobasali 12 Tima Ravisa Traveling reserve Adi Wainikiti Naselesele Head Coach Illiesa Tanivula
  • Ireland: 1 Katie Fitzhenry 2 Hannah Tyrrell 3 Stacey Flood 4 Megan Williams* 5 Amee Leigh Murphy-Crowe 6 Ashleigh Baxter 7 Aoife Doyle 8 Nicole Cronin 9 Lucy Mulhall (captain) 10 Kim Flood 11 Emma Murphy 12 Alison Miller Coach Anthony Eddy

Pool C

  • Canada: 1 Britt Benn 2 Kayla Moleschi 3 Julia Greenshields 4 Beanne Nicholas 5 Ashley Steacy 6 Charity Williams 7 Sara Kaljuvee 8 Bianca Farella 9 Ghislaine Landry (captain) 10 Hannah Darling 11 Natasha Watcham-Roy 12 Megan Lukan Head Coach John Tait
  • England: 1 Natasha Brennan 2 Abbie Brown (captain) 3 Alice Richardson 4 Millie Wood* 5 Lauren Cattell* 6 Deborah Fleming* 7 Heather Fisher 8 Kelly Smith* 9 Fran Matthews 10 Joanne Watmore 11 Katie Mason* 12 Amy Wilson-Hardy  Head Coach Simon Middleton
  • Spain: 1 Olivia Fresneda 2 Paula Medin 3 Amaia Erbina 4 Patricia Garcia 5 Marina Bravo 6 Enara Cacho* 7 Barbara Pla 8 Anna Ramon 9 Maria Casado 10 Anne Fernandez* 11 Iera Echebarria 12 Maria Ribera Head Coach Eusebio Quevedo
  • Brazil: 1 Mariana Nicolau 2 Luiza Campos 3 Lariane Pruner* 4 Edna Santini 5 Isadora Cerullo 6 Maira Behrendt 7  Amanda Araujo 8 Beatriz Muhlbauer 9 Haline Scatrut 10 Raquel Kochhann 11 Cleice Lopes* 12 Bianca Silva Head Coach Chris Neill
  • * Designates New Cap

Fixtures & Results

England and Spain kick off the 2016-17 HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series at Noon local time (3am ET) tomorrow, December 1, in a Pool C match.

  • M2 Pool C  Canada v Brazil 12:20pm (3:20am ET)
  • M3 Pool B  France v Fiji 12:44pm (3:44am ET)
  • M4 Pool B New Zealand v Ireland 13:06pm (4:06am ET)
  • M5 Pool A USA v Russia 13:28pm (4:28am ET)
  • M6 Pool A  Australia v South Africa 13:50pm (4:50am ET)
  • M7 Pool C England v Brazil 14:56pm (5:56am ET)
  • M8 Pool C Canada v Spain 15:18pm (6:18am ET)
  • M9 Pool B France v Ireland 15:40pm (6:40am ET)
  • M10 Pool B New Zealand v Fiji 16:02pm (7:02am ET)
  • M11 Pool A USA v South Africa 16:24pm (7:24am ET)
  • M12 Pool A Australia v Russia 16:46pm (7:46am ET)
  • M13 Pool C Spain v Brazil 17:53pm (8:53am ET)
  • M14 Pool C Canada v England 18:15pm (9:15am ET)
  • M15 Pool B Fiji v Ireland 18:37pm (9:37am ET)
  • M16 Pool B New Zealand v France 18:59pm (9:59am ET)
  • M17 Pool A Russia v South Africa 19:21pm (10:21am ET)
  • M18 Pool A Australia v USA 19:43pm (10:43am ET)

Day 2 – December 2

  • M19 Cup QF 9am (12:00am ET) 1st Pool B v Best 3rd
  • M20 Cup QF 9:22am (12:22am ET) 1st Pool C v 2nd Pool A
  • M21 Cup QF 9:44am (12:44am ET) 2nd Pool B v 2nd Pool C
  • M22 Cup QF 10:06am (1:06am ET) 1st Pool A v 2nd Best 3rd
  • M23 Challenge Trophy SF 11:52am (2:52am ET) 3rd Best 3rd v 3rd best 4th
  • M24 Challenge Trophy SF 12:14pm (3:14am ET) Best 4th v 2nd best 4th
  • M25 5th Place SF 12:36pm (3:36am ET) Loser M19 v Loser M20
  • M26 5th Place SF 12:58pm (3:58am ET) Loser M21 v Loser M22
  • M27 Cup SF 13:28pm (4:28am ET) Winner M19 v Winner M20
  • M28 Cup SF 13:50pm (4:28am ET) Winner M21 v Winner M22
  • M29 11th Place 15:02pm (6:02am ET) Loser M23 v Loser M24
  • M30 7th Place 15:24pm (6:24am ET) Loser M25 v Loser M26
  • M31 5th Place 15:46pm (6:46am ET) Winner M25 v Winner M26
  • M32 Challenge Trophy Final 16:25am (7:25am ET) Winner M23 v Winner M24
  • M33 Bronze Final 16:50pm (7:50am ET) Loser M27 v Loser M28
  • M34 Cup Final 17:15pm (8:15am ET) Winner M27 v Winner M28

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