Samantha Treherne has started 2019 with a bang after landing a full-time Sevens contract.
Treherne starred for the Wallaroos in XVs last year before an impressive Uni 7s stint earned her a short-term deal with the national Sevens at the back end of the year.
The 25-year-old made her World Series debut in Colorado and also featured for the Aussies in Dubai, stepping up in the absence of some of the team's biggest stars.
Aussie women's Sevens coach John Manenti said Treherne had impressed him in training and her tenacity would be valuable for the squad.
"We’re really proud to be officially welcoming Sam into the Aussie squad and it’s great to be including her in our long term plans moving forward," he said.
“She’s an incredibly hard worker and relishes the contact zone in defence which will make her a great asset to our team.
“2018 was a great year for Sam and she grabbed every opportunity put in front of her with both hands.
“Myself and the management team are really looking forward to seeing her potential continue to grow in our full-time program.”
Treherne said she was excited to have a full-time opportunity at the top level of the sport's truncated format.
“I’m really happy to be committing to the Aussie 7s and am excited about the future," she said.
“Rugby has given me some great opportunities and I’m grateful for the faith John and his team and have shown in me.
“I’m now just looking forward to continuing to grow and develop as a player and work for the team and our goals.”
Treherne is one of a number of new faces around the squad in 2019 with fellow Uni 7s graduate Rhiannon Byers coming in as a development player, following in the footsteps of youngster Sariah Paki.
Georgie Friedrichs is among the departures from the current squad.
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