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First National Indigenous Women’s Sevens side named

  
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4/2/2012
By ARU Media Unit


Australia’s most-capped Wallaroo, Selena Tranter, has named the first-ever National Indigenous Women’s Sevens following a two-day camp at Redfern’s National Centre for Indigenous Excellence over the weekend.

Drawing from players from New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory, Tranter has named a 12-strong side to compete in Australian Rugby Union’s inaugural National Women’s Sevens Championships in April.

The National Indigenous Women’s Sevens side is an initiative of the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team (LMRDT)  which aims to promote Rugby among young Indigenous men and women.

Tranter, who was recently named coach of the side, said she was impressed with the calibre of players trying out for the team.

“There’s some gun players in this team that will definitely represent Australia in the future,” Tranter said.

“The girls were really excited to be a part of the camp and I feel very privileged to be a part of the team.

“The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team has put a lot of work in to creating this side.”

Tranter said many of the players came to the camp with limited Sevens experience and that now the team has been selected, it was a matter of honing their skills.

“Some of them may be unfamiliar with the game, but they’ve all got guts and determination and natural ability,” Tranter said.

“Natural talent got these players this far and it’s exciting to think how strong they will be with some experience under their belts.

“We just need to get the girls exposed to more Rugby Sevens. The more games they play, the better.”

Most players were invited to the camp based on their performances at Gambling Help Ella 7s tournaments in Coffs Harbour and Ipswich, while some were identified through the Australian Rugby Union talent ID program.

While players are encouraged to represent the National Indigenous Women’s Sevens, the LMRDT allows the state sides first preference when it comes to selecting players. As such, players like Bo De La Cruz, who has been a recent standout with the Qantas Women’s Sevens, will play with her state, Northern Territory, instead of the new Indigenous Sevens side.

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.
 

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