Rugby Union: Sevens captain mulls switch for World Cup

Australian Sevens captain and former Canberra mechanic, Sharni Williams. Photo: Katherine GriffithsAustralian sevens captain Sharni Williams is considering a temporary switch back to 15-a-side rugby to play at the World Cup this year.

Williams will make a decision after the sevens national titles in Canberra this weekend.

The former Royals star has led the Australian team to wins in two of the three World Women’s Sevens series and they’re firming as gold medal contender for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Williams hopes to guide the ACT side to back-to-back national titles at the Australian Institute of Sport.

But after the tournament Williams will likely commit herself to an appearance at the women’s 15-a-side World Cup in France in August.

”No one has said, ‘no you can’t go’ to the World Cup, it’s up to me,” said Williams, who played at the 2010 World Cup in England.

”I’d really like to go to another World Cup. I’d love to do it, but we’ve got a big year in 2015 of Olympic qualifiers with the sevens team. At this stage I want to go. It’s tough because the 15-a-side girls have been working really hard and we haven’t been there because we’ve been with the sevens.

”I’ve made a long list of pros and cons so we’ll make a decision this weekend.”

Williams has relocated to Sydney to train full-time with the Australian sevens team.

The 26-year-old was part of Australia’s massive world series victory in Brazil two weeks ago and is setting her sights on an Olympic Games berth in two years.

The ACT side won the Australian sevens title last year and Williams said the players were desperate to go back to back.

”We’re really keen to hold on to that title. It’s going to be quick and you’ve got to show your magic,” Williams said.


Saturday and Sunday: At the Australian Institute of Sport. Games from 9am. Final at 2.26pm on Sunday.

ACT team: Nikki Stanley, Georgia O’Neill, Fee Knights, Grace Griffin, Alicia Quirk, Sharni Williams, Anthea Clarke, Tayla Stanford, Michelle Perry, Carly Hill, Kelly Goodwin, Sammie Wood

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