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By Community Rugby
While the Australian Women’s Sevens team were away on the world stage in China playing in the third leg of the IRB Women’s Sevens Series, the next generation of Women’s Sevens stars had the chance to shine on their own big stage. Sydney’s Allianz Stadium hosted the HSBC Waratahs vs. Emirates Western Force game at the weekend with this half-time exhibition game.
After the recent NSW selection trials held at the Rockdale Rugby Club, a 30-person squad was selected to start a series of training and trials, as coaches decide the final squad to contest the National Women’s Sevens Championships in April.
As part of the trial process, the girls were invited to be part of the half-time action, and contested a spirited seven minute game and had the halftime crowd on their feet.
The NSW squads continue with a comprehensive schedule of trials and training to determine the successful girls’ squad for the Nationals, held at St Ignatius College, Sydney. This is a key event for talent-spotters looking to boost the National Women’s Sevens squad. With Rugby Sevens debuting at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, this is a great pathway opportunity. The tournament will see the current squad playing for their respective states.
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.
We’re excited to announce that Australian Rugby will be moving to a new online system for national competition management and participant registration for the 2014 Rugby Sevens season and the 2015 club Rugby season.
We’re set for an exciting year with plenty to look forward to in 2014, including our Qantas Men’s Sevens team competing in the Commonwealth Games (July), the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France (August) and the launch of a new domestic competition – the National Rugby Championship (August).