Reigning Olympic Champions, the Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens Team has been dealt a savage blow just weeks before the games with Chloe Dalton ruled out of Tokyo 2020 with a fractured cheekbone.
Rugby Australia confirmed on Thursday that Dalton is no longer available for selection for the upcoming Olympic Games, and is set to undergo surgery.
Dalton had been preparing to defend the gold medal she won at the Rio 2016 with her Sevens teammates but has been ruled out of the tournament after injuring her cheekbone at the recent Oceania Sevens Championship in Townsville in late June.
It’s a bitter and cruel blow for Australia and for Dalton who had recently returned to the field after back surgery in February put her dream in doubt. Dalton returned to action at the Trans-Tasman Sevens tournament in Auckland back in May.
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After fulfilling a childhood dream and winning gold in 2016, The tri-coder had made the switch from Sevens to AFLW after the Rio games but switched back to Sevens after AFLW Season 4 in a bid to go to a second Olympics and defend her team’s crown.
Dalton recently signed to play with the GWS Giants in the AFLW for season 2022 and 2023
The Tokyo Olympic games start on Friday 23rd of July with the Rugby Sevens kicking off on the 26th of July.
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