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By ARU Media Unit
Competition is hotting up ahead of next month’s HSBC World Sevens Series Gold Coast Sevens, with 30 of the next generation of female stars selected to take part in the 2013 National Girls U18s Sevens Championships held in neighbouring Southport.
After a defeat to host Queensland in the final of the inaugural event last year, NSW will be fired up for victory this year, today announcing the 30 NSW players to compete in the second annual competition next month.
NSW coaches Paul Verell and Kieran Smith have been putting the blowtorch under the state’s brightest stars, undertaking an arduous selection process over the course of the year so far.
As part of the process, over 200 talented athletes from across the state have been earmarked during the discovery process, with players scouted from metropolitan and country school rugby competitions, as well as newcomers from Oztag, soccer, AFL and athletics backgrounds.
The final selection camp held over the weekend saw the best 50 girls invited to an intense two-day camp. Girls were put through a high-pressure skills and drills training session before playing their final selection trials as part of the Hong Kong NSW Secondary Schools U18s Sevens Championships held at Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club on Sunday, September 8.
The initiative has been run in association with the NSW U16s Girls Sevens discovery program and provides the foundation for future Sevens talent.
As part of the NSW Girls Sevens program, Tiana Penitani and Brooke Anderson from the senior women’s national team were chosen as guest coaches to provide tips and support for the aspiring youngsters.
The successful girls for the NSW Blue and NSW White squads now have just over a month to prepare for the National Championships with coaches monitoring their progress to ensure they are in best shape for the tournament.
The IRB has announced its match officials list for the second stage of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships overnight, with two Australians appointed to referee two of the games in New Zealand on Sunday.