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For Atlanta, new head coach Richie Walker has made five changes to the Women's 7s Eagles from predocessor Julie McCoy's squad in Sao Paolo. The most glaring omission is of Kelly Griffin, who captained the squad under McCoy. The captaincy has been shifted to Jillion Potter.
"We have some real good experience," Walker said. "We have some good speed and we have some good power. To have Jillion Potter as the team captain is massive for the younger kids. They respect her tremendously."
Lauren Doyle, Kate Zackary, Meya Bizer, Nicole Heavirland and Richelle Stephens replace Joanne Fa'avesi, Naya Tapper, Ashley Perry and Hunter Griendling. Bizer and Heavirland performed well when the player pool was split into teams for sparring purposes in the selection camp.
"Meya and Nicole really showed their worth in those scrimmages," Walker said. "Meya's powerful, she knows rugby, and she has a good rugby brain. Nicole stepped up and proved herself. She's a strong runner and very aggressive. That's the look we have in this team – aggressive and a lot of speed."
The Eagles find themselves in Pool C for Atlanta, along with New Zealand, Japan and Spain. The tournament runs April 8-9 and will be streamed live by World Rugby.