Olympic sevens star Emilee Cherry retires

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Injury has forced rugby sevens star Emilee Cherry to retire ahead of Australia's Olympic title defence in Tokyo.

One of the linchpins in Australia's successful 2016 campaign at the Rio Games, the mother of one has opted to step away from international rugby.

Cherry was a founding member of the full-time program in 2012, making her international debut in the World Series in Dubai before collecting 31 caps for Australia.

She was voted women's sevens world player of the year in the 2013-14 season.

The 28-year-old Queenslander welcomed her first child, Alice, in 2019 before making a successful return to the international arena.

Australian women's coach John Manenti said they would miss Cherry's leadership.

"Emilee has given so much to the team, program and jersey, and it's sad to see her go," Manenti said.

"A founding member of the program back in 2012, Em has been an integral part of the successful growth of women's rugby within Australia.

"The timing of her departure is unfortunate as I know the whole team was excited to give her the send-off which she deserves, however, I know this won't affect the squad heading to the Games."

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