Terita injury confirmed as Australians dominate Perth Dream Teams

Wed, Jan 31, 2024, 2:50 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Bienne Terita will miss Vancouver and LA with an ankle injury. Photo: Getty Images
Bienne Terita will miss Vancouver and LA with an ankle injury. Photo: Getty Images

The Sevens program has confirmed an ankle injury to Bienne Terita after her Dream Team selection in Perth.

Terita shone in the absence of Maddison Levi for most of the weekend, earning selection alongside Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea.

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However, she limped off seconds into the semi-final against the USA, compounding their woes after Levi's red card in the quarter-final.

Sevens officials confirmed on Wednesday the 20-year-old had a syndesmosis injury and will head into surgery on Thursday.

The duo were amongst five Australians rewarded for strong performances with selection in the Dream Teams after their runners-up finishes in Perth.

A trio of Aussies is included in the Men's side, with Maurice Longbottom, Nathan Lawson and Nick Malouf selected.

It comes after back-to-back Finals appearances, defeating the USA and Fiji before going down to Argentina in the Final.

Interestingly, Argentina only had two nominations, headlined by superstar Marcos Moneta and World Cup star Rodrigo Isgro.

Former World Rugby Player of the Year Terry Kennedy was included after guiding Ireland to bronze whilst Fiji's Kaminieli Rasaku rounded out the side.

Fellow Irish stars Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe and captain Lucy Mulhall celebrate their breakthrough title with selection in the women's side along with GB's Ellie Boatman, USA's Kristi Kirshe and Canada's Kirssy Scurfield.

The Aussies will turn their focus towards Vancouver, with both teams sitting in first (Women) and third (Men) in the overall World Series ladder.

Tim Walsh's side have avoided New Zealand in the group stages after their quarter-final thriller, drawn in Pool B alongside USA, Fiji and Japan.

The Black Ferns will be eager to bounce back and have drawn the Perth champions Ireland along with Brazil and South Africa.

Hosts Canada round out the group with Great Britain, France and Spain.

Meanwhile, the Men could face Antoine Dupont in his first game since joining the French Sevens program.

The superstar scrumhalf is expected to play in Canada, with the two sides in Pool B with USA and Samoa.

Argentina, Fiji, Spain and Canada make up Pool A whilst New Zealand once again find themselves in a 'Pool of Death' alongside Ireland, South Africa and Great Britain.


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