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From Olympic gold medalist, Order of Australia to World Player of the Year, Sevens co-captain Charlotte Caslick has not accomplished much. Except two.

Caslick is only 27, but is one of the most decorated players on the Sevens circuit, who will lead Australia at the Commonwealth Games with Demi Hayes in Birmingham.

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However, a two-month series of signature tournaments will allow her to do something no Australian has done; completing an Olympic, Comm Games, World Cup, World Series and World Rugby Player of the Year five-peat.

New Zealand duo of Portia Woodman and Ruby Tui completed it with Olympic success in 2021, with Woodman holding the unique record of tasting Sevens and 15’s World Cup success.

Caslick and Sevens legend and assistant coach Emilee Cherry nearly completed the Olympic/Comm/World Series/POTY quadruple in 2018, before an extra-time try from Kelly Brazier broke Australian hearts in the Gold Coast gold medal match.

With Birmingham just 23 days away, Australia come in as the team to beat after their World Series success before the action heads to South Africa for the World Cup in September.

The expectation remains the same for Tim Walsh’s side according to Caslick.

“I haven’t won a World Cup or Comm Games, so I’d like to check them off in the coming months, which would be great,” Caslick said.

“The process remains the same and we prepare as we would at any tournament.

“In every tournament we participate in, we always like to come away with the gold medal and we have those expectations of ourselves that we can do that.”

Caslick is one of only four Gold Coast players left on the 13-player squad, along with co-captain Hayes, Dom Du Toit and Sharni Williams.

The defending Shawn MacKay medalist has fond but vague memories of the overcrowded final, which was knocked out early after a vicious headbutt attempting to tackle in the first half.

“I had a concussion in those first three minutes, so I don’t really remember much about the game,” she laughed.

“Singing the national anthem in front of a home crowd in a packed stadium, I think it was one of the best match-ups we’ve ever had.

“It was a pretty cool spectacle that I know a lot of people have said changed their perception of women’s rugby and disguised them as long-term fans.”

Caslick knows better than anyone the power of success at events like this – one of the main heroes of the 2016 Olympic triumphs.

She believes a similar success in Birmingham could reaffirm Sevens as the best elite women’s team in Australia.

“Winning our gold medal in Rio kick-started an entire movement for women’s sport in Australia,” she explains

“Sometimes rugby might be lost sight of so these tournaments give us the opportunity to be on free-to-air television and be back and expose people to our game, which is great for the game and lets the game to grow.

“We have the challenge of playing abroad for most of our season, so sometimes that’s not as available as other sports codes that can access right now.

“The chance to play in Commonwealth Games, Olympics, World Cups and travel is a huge draw for girls in our sport and I know if you ask the Levi sisters what makes them tick in Rugby, it sure is.”

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