Parry returns to boost Australia's women(IRB.COM) Monday 24 June 2013
Having fully recovered from a serious knee injury which kept her out of the game for most of this season, experienced Australia star Shannon Parry is hoping to make up for lost time in Moscow.
Parry damaged her knee last year and worried about her ability to make it back in time for the World Cup. That she has managed to do so is credit, she says, to the support staff who have worked so hard with her in rehab.
“When I did my knee I wasn’t sure at all if I would make it back in time. I had a really good support team around me who were always pushing me along and I am very grateful for that," she said after her first run-out in Moscow.
"They said the World Cup should be my target and they gave me every opportunity to prove myself and I was able to come back earlier than expected and get a few good tournaments under my belt in London and Amsterdam recently.”
Parry brings with her a wealth of experience, which is significant in a squad featuring two teenagers. Head coach Chris Lane is certainly delighted to have her back.
“Shannon is a world class player when she’s fit and we are really lucky she’s made it back in time for us,” Lane said.
“She’s worked incredibly hard and she’s a true professional and her experience is great to have here for us.”
For her part, Parry has been impressed with the strides Australia have made in her absence.
“Being out of the side for a while gave me a chance to look at the development and it’s been good. We have developed a lot as a squad this season.
"Some of the young, newer players have come in and really stepped up and they are rewarded with places in this squad. They deserve their shot and we have a really good mix of youth and experience.”
Enjoying the Moscow experience
As a new venue to them, Parry and her teammates are also enjoying what Moscow has to offer.
“It’s a lovely place and it’s something different for us and it’s nice to settle into the hotel and get out and about before hitting the training paddock. The weather is perfect for us Aussies and hopefully that will play to our advantage.
“At the end of the day we have as good a chance as anybody else. We are here to do our best and to do ourselves and our country proud and it’s all about that badge on our shirt.”