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By Community Rugby
After an extensive selection process, two NSW Women's Sevens sides been selected to challenge for the title at the National Women's Sevens Championships 2013.
NSW will be represented by two sides - Blue and White, with selectors faced with a challenging task following the NSW Selection Tournament held at Rockdale Rugby Club in March, where over 130 players trialled for an opportunity to be selected.
Selectors then attended a NSW training camp at the Sydney Academy of Sport to put a squad of 30 hopeful players through an extensive training and simulated match to select the two sides.
The two NSW teams replace the Sydney Blue and White and NSW Country sides that represented NSW in the 2012 tournament, at which Queensland were crowned the inaugural National Women's Sevens Championships.
NSW will feature a talented blend of experience and youth, with Tiana Penitani, the youngest ever Australian Rugby representative, along with Cobie-Jane Morgan and Shontelle Stowers having represented the Qantas Women's Sevens during several IRB Tournaments. Amelia Jackson and Kate Lew are exciting selections to the squad after being identified through the inaugural NSW Women's Summer Sevens Series held in February.
The 2013 tournament features state teams from across the country, the National Indigenous Women’s Sevens team, an Invitational Barbarian team and international competitors Papua New Guinea, plus the inclusion of Oztag and Touch Football representative teams for the 2013 Championships.
The tournament will also feature several players who currently play for Qantas Women’s Sevens, with Rebecca Tavo (Qld), Emilee Cherry (Touch), Sharni Williams (ACT) and new schoolgirl recruit Brooke Anderson (Oztag).
The National Women's Rugby Sevens Championship is an important element of the Player Pathway at national, provincial, regional and affiliate level with the purpose to provide an effective platform for: