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By ARU Media Unit
With an eye on Australian Rugby Union’s inaugural National Women’s Sevens Championships in April, 19 indigenous players will descend on Redfern’s National Centre for Indigenous Excellence this weekend in a bid to make the National Indigenous Women’s Sevens Side.
The selection camp, which runs Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April, will feature players from New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory, who have been invited based on performances at the Gambling Help Ella 7s in Coffs Harbour and Ipswich, along with players identified through the Australian Rugby Union talent ID program.
The squad will train under the watchful eye of recently appointed coach, Selena Tranter who remains Australia’s most-capped Wallaroo.
While the National Indigenous Women’s Sevens program is in its infancy, Tranter was impressed with the Rugby she has seen so far.
"I’ve seen a really good standard of Rugby from the girls,” Tranter said.
“They're very skilful players and I want to see them playing with their natural talent.
“You don't want to inhibit that running Rugby style, which is why we've structured a program that will encourage, not inhibit their natural talent.”
Tranter said she hoped the new program combined with enthusiastic players would help create a strong Rugby culture and assist Indigenous players along the selection pathway.
“This is the inaugural year of the team so it's an open book in terms of where we go with it,” Tranter said.
“While the goal of this program is to feed as many Indigenous players into the Wallaroos and Qantas Women’s Sevens as possible, we also want to ensure we are establishing a really strong culture.”
The National Indigenous Women’s Sevens side will compete in Australian Rugby Union’s inaugural National Women’s Sevens Championship held at St. Ignatius College, Riverview, from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 April, 2012.
Over 500 young men and women had the opportunity to show off their skills and athleticism yesterday, as the Australian Rugby Union’s Search for a Star took place across the country looking to identify players who may have the potential to represent their country in Rugby Sevens.