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RugbyWA will break new ground this week when it hosts the first Sevens development camp and introductory tournament.
The Road to Rio Sevens camp reflects the growing interest in Sevens rugby in Western Australia since the sport’s admission into the 2016 Olympic Games.
This week’s camp will see more than 60 players exposed to Sevens rugby through the two-day development camp at the Western Australian Rugby Centre, in Floreat on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 July.
The camp will equip players that are new to the seven-a-side game with specialist coaching from the RugbyWA Development team to build on their Sevens skill sets to accommodate the wider game play, quicker response time at the breakdown and smaller numbers at the set piece.
The camp will culminate in the Road to Rio Sevens tournament to Britannia Reserve, Leederville this Saturday, 20 July.
Nine teams in the under 13’s age group and six teams in the under 15’s age group will compete in the tournament.
RugbyWA Manager Community Rugby Andrew Hill says the Road to Rio Sevens is a great opportunity for players with an interest in the seven-a-side game to showcase their skills.
“We’re piloting this program to introduce as many young players as possible to the sport of Sevens rugby,” he said.
“We’d love to see a player in the under 15’s be able to compete in the Olympic Sevens in three years’ time, likewise someone from under 13’s in 2020.
“We see Sevens as a fantastic introduction to rugby and are not only looking to raise the profile and participation of Sevens in the state but would love to see that have a flow on effect into the 15-a-side game.”
Road to Rio Sevens Camp
Wednesday, 17 – Thursday, 18 July
9am – 2pm
(RugbyWA, 203 Underwood Ave, Floreat)
Road to Rio Sevens Tournament
Saturday, 20 July
9am – 1.30pm
Britannia Oval, Leederville
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.