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By ARU Media Unit
With a month to go before the Hong Kong international sevens kick off, the Qantas Men’s Sevens and the Qantas Women’s Sevens squads are set to spend four days in camp at the Australian Institute of Sport next week.
Training at the AIS from Monday to Thursday, the camp offers the Australian Rugby Sevens athletes the opportunity to work together, in an elite environment, on weights, fitness and inter-squad matches.
This year’s Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens tournament provides the Qantas Women’s Sevens side with a unique opportunity, as they will compete in the second-ever IRB-sanctioned sevens event, the IRB Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup.
For Qantas Women’s Sevens Coach Chris Lane, the camp will provide a competitive base from which to choose his side for the Hong Kong event, as it will feature 20 players vying for 12 spots.
“We’re hoping for a competitive environment. There’s plenty of work to do to get a spot on the team,” Lane said.
“Every camp is a learning experience for the girls, so there’s a lot of testing and training to be done ahead of Hong Kong.”
The women’s tournament is held in conjunction with the men’s HSBC Sevens World Series, which will this year feature four of the women’s games played in the same venue at Hong Kong Stadium, providing a massive increase in exposure for the sport as the tournament is regularly sold out with crowds in excess of 40,000.
The women’s four-day AIS camp is being held just a week after the Australian Rugby Union put the finishing touches on a new video aimed at school girls to help promote Women’s Rugby Sevens.
Be one of the first to check out the video, which stars Qantas Women’s Sevens Captain, Rebecca Tavo. Click here
The camp will also provide Lane an opportunity to work with the entire squad as he keeps one eye on next year’s Sevens World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
With the men also preparing for Hong Kong, Qantas Men’s Sevens coach Michael O’Connor will oversee 22 players through testing, training and game situations as he looks to make final selections for the IRB series event.
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