Sharni Williams to lead Australian Women's sevens team at World Series
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Sharni Williams to lead Australian Women's sevens team at World Series

Prop Sharni Williams will extend a remarkable streak when she captains the Australian women's Rugby Sevens team as it begins the countdown to the Rio Olympics in Dubai next week.

Canberra's Williams leads a highly-experienced 12-player squad selected for the opening event of the 2015-16 World Sevens Series, maintaining her record of playing in every leg of the series since its inception in 2012.

Sevens captain Sharni WIlliams will lead Australia at the World Sevens Series in Dubai next week.

Sevens captain Sharni WIlliams will lead Australia at the World Sevens Series in Dubai next week.

Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Coach Tim Walsh said the Australians were determined to make a strong statement early on at an December 3-4 event, one where they have prospered previously as winners in 2013 and runners-up last year.

"As a team, we always enjoy Dubai," Walsh said. "It's hot and fast - very similar to conditions in Australia. It's a real festival of rugby, both the men's and women's teams play there.

"There's an invitational tournament and 50,000 fans pack the stands.

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"With the pre-season we have had we are confident we will perform. The results will then take care of themselves."

The Australian women finished the 2014-15 World Series in third spot, ensuring automatic qualification for the Rio Olympics next August. AAP

Australian squad: Shannon Parry, Sharni Williams, Nicole Beck, Gemma Etheridge, Emma Tonegato, Evania Pelite, Charlotte Caslick, Chloe Dalton, Amy Turner, Alicia Quirk, Emilee Cherry, Ellia Green.