Sevens pair to lead Aussies at World Cup
RUGBY: Sevens stars Sharni Williams and Shannon Parry headline Australia's 28-strong squad for the 2017 women's World Cup to be held in Ireland in August.
Williams and Parry were co-captains of the Australian sevens side that won a historic gold medal at last year's Rio Olympics.
Wallaroos coach Paul Verrell's squad also features two potential debutants, with fellow sevens star Mahalia Murphy joined by Western Australian fly half Trilleen Pomare.
The squad features 156 caps of Test experience with nine having tasted World Cup action before, as the Wallaroos aim to build on their seventh place at the 2014 tournament.
"We have had some solid preparation during our Test series in New Zealand earlier this month, and had the opportunity to blood some new talent at Test level," Verrell said.
"That tour in New Zealand really showed us the standard of the best three teams in the world and we know what we need to do to reach that level now, so it's time for the next generation of Wallaroos to really step up.
"We have a really competitive pool with Ireland, France and Japan and we know that there's no such thing as an easy game at a World Cup.
"We're really looking forward to pulling on that gold jersey and doing it proud."
Australia lost 53-10 to England, 44-17 to New Zealand and 45-5 to Canada during the three Test June tour.
In other notable squad news, forward Mollie Gray returns from injury after missing the New Zealand tour while young guns Kayla Sauvo and Millie Boyle punched their ticket to Ireland following good form across the Tasman.
Star back Ashleigh Hewson needs just two more points to become the highest points scorer in Wallaroos history.
The record is currently held by former flyer Tricia Brown (65 points).
The squad will convene in Sydney at the end of July for a three-day camp, before flying to Ireland on August 1.
Fox Sports will have television coverage of the women's World Cup.
WALLAROOS WORLD CUP SQUAD
Millie Boyle, 3 Tests, ACT
Chloe Butler, 9 Tests, South Australia
Cheyenne Campbell, 12 Tests, Queensland
Rebecca Clough, 13 Tests, Western Australia
Mollie Gray, 8 Tests, Australian Services Rugby Union/Sydney
Grace Hamilton, 4 Tests, Sydney
Alisha Hewett, 12 Tests, Australian Services Rugby Union/Queensland
Evelyn Horomia, 2 Tests, Sydney
Kiri Lingman, 3 Tests, Queensland
Hana Ngaha, 4 Tests, Queensland
Shannon Parry, 10 Tests, Aussie 7s/Queensland
Liz Patu, 12 Tests, Queensland
Emily Robinson, 2 Tests, Sydney
Hilisha Samoa, 3 Tests, Queensland
Alexandra Sulusi, 3 Tests, Sydney
Violeta Tupuola, 2 Tests, ACT
Katrina Barker, 5 Tests, NSW Country
Fenella Hake, 3 Tests, Queensland
Ashleigh Hewson, 15 Tests, Sydney
Nareta Marsters, 4 Tests, Sydney
Mahalia Murphy*, Aussie 7s/Sydney
Trilleen Pomare*, Western Australia
Sarah Riordan, 4 Tests, Australian Services Rugby Union/NSW Country
Kayla Sauvao, 3 Tests, Sydney
Huia Swanell, 2 Tests, Western Australia
Ashleigh Timoko, 1 Test, Western Australia
Samantha Treherne, 3 Tests, Queensland
Sharni Williams, 14 Tests, Aussie 7s/ACT
*denotes uncapped player
AUSTRALIA'S POOL GAMES
Wallaroos v Ireland at UCD Bowl, Dublin, 10th August, 4am AEST
Wallaroos v France at UCD Bowl, Dublin, 14th August, 4.45am AEST
Wallaroos v Japan at Billings Park UCD, Dublin, 18th August, 2am AEST