• during the 2016 Sydney Sevens match between at Allianz Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Getty Images Asia Pacific)Source: Getty Images Asia Pacific
Nicole Beck and the Australian Women's Rugby Sevens team headed to Sao Paulo for next leg of Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.
By
Ann Odong

Source:
Australian Rugby Union
13 Feb 2016 - 1:01 PM  UPDATED 13 Feb 2016 - 1:01 PM

Who says the sequel is never as good as the original?

In 2010, Australian Rugby Sevens utility Nicole Beck created one of the moments of the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup with an incredible try saving tackle against England.  

Six years later in the Dubain leg of the Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, well it seems Ireland's Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe had not viewed that video and paid the price. 

 

With Australia taking part in the Sao Paulo leg of Rugby Women’s Sevens Series next week, it is a timely reminder for opponents to always keep an eye on the 27 year old.  

Beck is one of twelve players selected by Women’s Sevens head coach Tim Walsh for the tournament held at Arena Barueri in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

While plenty of experience has been called up, Walsh continues to experiement ahead of Rio 2016 with his selection of debutants Taleena Simon and Mahalia Murphy.

Graduates of Australia’s Indigenous Rugby program, the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team, both Simon and Murphy’s impressive performances in training have seen them take advantage of the spaces available through injuries to Sharni Williams (knee), Chloe Dalton (arm), Tiana Penitani (knee) and Brooke Walker (leg).

“Taleena [Simon] and Mahalia [Murphy] have great potential and both offer the squad points of difference. This is a real opportunity for them to test themselves against some of the world’s elite athletes on a global stage,” said Walsh.

“The challenge for us is to continually improve our performance while also building depth in the program.”

Australia will be aiming to extend their lead at the top of the Rugby Women’s Sevens Series table.


Australian Women's Sevens fixtures in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 21-22 February

Australia v Fiji, Pool A, 12.44am AEDT (21 February)

Australia v Ireland, Pool A, 3.28am AEDT (21 February)

Australia v Canada, Pool A, 6.12am AEDT (21 February)