Olympic champion Sharni Williams uses mentor as Wallaroos World Cup inspiration

Olympic Games champion Sharni Williams will go full circle when she plays at her third World Cup, so it’s fitting she will draw inspiration from someone who helped kickstart her career.

The only problem is Williams is still coming to grips with the “gut-wrenching” fact close friend and mentor Louise Burrows won’t be with her in the Wallaroos squad.

Former Canberra Royals star Williams was one of three players from the capital picked in the Wallaroos squad for the 15-a-side World Cup in Ireland in August.

The Australian sevens captain will be joined by Millie Boyle and Violeta Tupuola, but veteran hooker Burrows was overlooked for selection.

There will be just three Canberra representatives in the Australian side despite the ACT losing just one game at the national championships earlier this year.

Williams said Burrows’ omission was the hardest to swallow after the she helped Williams transition from mechanic to Olympic gold medal-winner and sevens world series dream-team member.