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By ARU Media Unit
Sydney will play host to more than 150 female players across 14 teams this weekend for the second-annual National Women’s Rugby Sevens Championships at St. Ignatius College, Riverview on 13-14 April.
The expanded two-day tournament, features state teams from across the country along with several invitational sides and one international team.
The purpose of the Championships is two-fold, as sides look to claim the national title while also exposing their talent to national selectors in the hope they will be invited to train with the Australian Sevens squad.
Qantas Women’s Sevens coach Chris Lane said the tournament provided further opportunity for players to test themselves and showcase their skills in an elite competition.
“This is the National Championships, it’s a genuine title that really brings out the competitiveness in everyone,” Lane said.
“This is the culmination of the various domestic Sevens tournaments that take place across the country and it’s an opportunity to see the players perform at the next level.
“This is the best of the best around the country competing with and against each other. It’s an exciting time in Australian Rugby, it’s only the second time we’ve run this tournament but it’s a sign of things to come.”
The tournament features numerous current national players in action for their state teams, including captain Rebecca Tavo, Emilee Cherry, Cobie-Jane Morgan and recent high school debutants Brooke Anderson and Tiana Penitani.
The Championships includes two teams each from New South Wales and Queensland, one each from Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.
The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team’s National Indigenous side returns again this year, along with Papua New Guinea’s national Sevens side. The tournament also sees the welcome addition of three new sides in Australian Oztag, a Barbarians invitational side and Touch Football Australia.
The National Women’s Rugby Sevens Championships were introduced by Australian Rugby Union last year as a way to further develop the player pathway for women’s Rugby in Australia.
In establishing the tournament, Australian Rugby Union has provided a clear pathway for players from grass roots, to state representation all the way up to national duties.
The National Women’s Rugby Sevens Championship runs 13-14 April at St. Ignatius College, Riverview.
View the National Women’s Rugby Sevens Championships schedule here