The Australian Women's Sevens team have received a major boost ahead of an Olympic qualifying year with Emilee Cherry and Evania Pelite re-signing
The pair, who have Olympic Gold Medals from Rio, have sign on with the program until 2020 with coach John Manenti reiterating just how important the re-signing is to the side.
"Vani has probably been our best player, consistency and performance wise this year," he said.
"She has got better and better over the years and is as fit and strong as she has ever been.
"Emilee, we know she doesn't like the title, but she is one of the great players in the game and has been for a long time and continues to be instrumental our development of the younger girls," Manenti said.
The side were written into Olympic history after winning the inaugural gold medal for women's sevens over two years ago.
For Pelite, who was a fresh-faced 21-year-old during the 2016 Olympic campaign, she is looking to back up that performance once again.
"Obviously going to Rio was a great achievement and I want to back that up in 2020," Pelite said.
Meanwhile, Emilee Cherry is currently sitting in third on the all-time points scorers list in the history of Women’s Sevens and was also named in the World Series Team of the Year.
"We've come a long way since we started five years ago and we've been able to keep that core group of girls and we've all signed on for 2020 so it is exciting times heading into Tokyo," she said.
"If I get the opportunity to go to another Olympics I will give everything I can over the next few years to get our team into the position to get back-to-back gold medals," Cherry said.
The signings come as the squad return to training with eyes firmly set on finsihing in the top four of the World Series to ensure automatic qualification for Tokyo 2020.
The 2018-19 World Series kicks-off in Denver from 20–21 October.