Evania Pelite returns to the Australia squad for the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2016-17 series finale in Clermont-Ferrand next weekend after recovering from the knee injury she suffered in Kitakyushu in April.

Co-captain Sharni Williams also makes a quick switch back to sevens having started at centre for the Wallaroos in their 44-17 loss to New Zealand in the International Women's Rugby Series earlier this week.

Cassie Staples keeps her place after an impressive series debut in Langford when she scored five tries as Australia finished third, a result that leave the Olympic champions tied with Canada in second place on 82 points, 14 adrift of series leaders New Zealand.

“We know we haven’t performed to the standards we strive for this season and we have to own and live with that as we look towards the next HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series,” said coach Tim Walsh.

“We have a chance in Clermont-Ferrand to finish the 2017 season the way we ended the 2016 season.

“We came into this season as the hunted and now we are the hunters again. The bitter taste of winning silver and bronze, with some complacency from winning gold has been the difference. We have talked about the need to win every moment of the matches we play and we know we face these challenges in a tough pool.”  

Australia will face Spain, Fiji and hosts France in Pool C at the Stade Gabriel Montpied.

Australia squad: Shannon Parry (co-captain), Sharni Williams (co-captain), Emma Sykes, Demi Hayes, Dominique du Toit, Evania Pelite, Charlotte Caslick, Chloe Dalton, Brooke Walker, Alicia Quirk, Emilee Cherry, Cassandra Staples, Tiana Penitani.