Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens veterans, Sharni Williams, Shannon Parry and Alicia Quirk have committed to the Aussie Sevens program, locking themselves in until the end of 2020.
Parry and Williams have been the side’s Co-Captains since 2015 and have steered the squad to a Gold Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and to two HSBC Sevens World Series titles. Both players have also been involved in the Buildcorp Wallaroos program, having earned 12 and 19 caps respectively.
David Pocock and Israel Folau have been named to make their return to the Qantas Wallabies side ahead of Saturday night’s Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship Test against Argentina at Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast.
Pocock has been battling a neck complaint while Folau has trained strongly after suffering an ankle injury in the opening Bledisloe Cup clash.
Qantas Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete has re-signed with Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels until the end of 2019.
The 26-year old has quickly become a Test star for the Wallabies with his aggressive style, in both attack and defence, since returning to 15-man game following a stint in Rugby League.
Qantas Wallabies lock Izack Rodda has committed his future to Australian Rugby re-signing with Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds until the end of 2020.
The ten-Test forward has become a mainstay of Michael Cheika’s side ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan as he builds his second-row combination with Adam Coleman.
Round two of the National Rugby Championship sees the two NSW sides in Sydney and NSW Country play their first matches of season 2018. Queensland Country take their first match on the road to Townsville, whilst the Western Force get their first NRC match at home.
Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named Kurtley Beale at flyhalf for Saturday night’s Test against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium with Matt Toomua to play inside centre.
In a further change to the backs, Israel Folau returns to the side at fullback after an ankle injury ruled out him out of the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland.
NSW Waratahs forward, Michael Wells will combine his Vodafone Super Rugby duties with the Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens squad, under a new flexible contract arrangement agreed between Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby alongside Wells.
Wells will be available for the first six tournaments on the HSBC Sevens World Series, before returning to play for the NSW Waratahs for the 2019 Vodafone Super Rugby season.
Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens player, Charlotte Caslick has committed to Rugby Australia and the Aussie 7s program for a further two years until the end of 2020.
One of the stars of the HSBC Sevens World Series, Caslick has won the World Rugby Women’s Sevens player of the year in 2016 and was a key part of Australia’s Gold Medal success at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.