It is an exciting time for Women’s Rugby in Australia, with two forms of the Game, Sevens and 15s, now being played in schools and clubs across the country.
Girls can play Rugby at school and club level in all-girl or mixed gender teams up to the age of 12, starting with U6s Tag, or non-tackle, Rugby. Teenage girls can participate in school-based competitions provide by their State Union, while females aged over 18 can participate in club-based competitions across the country.
The inclusion of Rugby Sevens in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has seen global growth of the game, and nowhere stronger than in Australia. A fun, fast and exciting Game, Sevens is being embraced by all ages and abilities. A number of pathways have been developed offering girls the opportunity to play socially and at representative level.
Australian Women’s Sevens Team – Pearls
The Australian Pearls are the current Women’s Sevens World Champions courtesy of their victory at the inaugural Women’s Sevens World Cup in 2009. The squad is currently preparing to defend their title at the 2013 World Cup in Russia.
World Cup Winners, Dubai 2009
Australian National Women’s Sevens Championships
The National Women’s Sevens Championships take place annually and will occur in Sydney in April 2013. Teams from state unions and affiliates will compete to become national champions and individuals vie for National squad selection.
Finalists Australian Touch and ACT
National Women's Sevens Championships 2013
Australian Schoolgirls Sevens Championships
2013 will see the second National Schoolgirl Sevens Championships take place on the Gold Coast in October, with the finals being played at Skilled Park at the opening leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series tournament. State representative players battle it out to be crowned National Champions, as well as the opportunity to be selected into the Australian Youth squad. For more information on participating in Schoolgirl Sevens programs please contact your local state union.
Qld Reds defeated NSW Blues in the 2012 final
Australian Women’s Team – Wallaroos
The Wallaroos are about to embark on a World Cup campaign in 2014. The Wallaroos finished the 2010 World Cup in third position; their best ever result. The Australian Women’s National Championships will take place in September 2013 and the World Cup training squad will be selected at these Championships.
Wallaroos in training