Competition for places heats up as John Manenti pits Olympic champions against

They made history by becoming the first nation to go through a World Series tournament without conceding a point during last year’s Sydney Sevens.

Now, Australia’s Olympic champion women’s team will go toe-to-toe against one another as they prepare to defend their title early next month.

Having turned down an invitation to warm-up for the tournament by playing a series of exhibition matches against arch-rival New Zealand and Canada across the Tasman, it was supposed to be business as usual on the training paddock for the reigning World Series champions two weeks out from their home tournament.

But with regulars Charlotte Caslick, Emilee Cherry and Demi Hayes missing due to injury, co-captain Shannon Parry and Emma Tonegato hoping to prove their fitness and a number of hungry youngsters chomping at the bit for an opportunity, coach John Manenti has taken the unusual step of pitting his team against one another.

Co-captain Shannon Parry will use Friday’s internal trial to push her selection case after coming back from injury. Picture: Karen Watson
Co-captain Shannon Parry will use Friday’s internal trial to push her selection case after coming back from injury. Picture: Karen WatsonSource: Supplied