Uni comp to show players with 'point of difference'

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by Beth Newman

Aussie Sevens coach Tim Walsh says Australia's new Uni sevens competition will show talent spotters the real deal as they look to build for the next generation.

The inaugural Uni Sevens competition will kick off in Tasmania on August 25, with four tournaments across August and September, traveling to Sydney, on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.

Walsh, who will be at every round, said the competition would make recruitment a lot easier, giving women a chance to prove their talents at more than just sporadic tournaments across the country.

"It Makes it easier and probably a lot fairer because it’s not a one off tournament," he said.

"In those one-offs, a girl might have a bad game or they don’t get to show their point of difference.

The Aussie Sevens women will play a crucial role in the competition. Photo: Getty Images"In Sevens you have to be a jack-of-all-trades and lots of things can be coached but others have a point of difference - whether that be speed, agility, power, size ability to read the game or just eing extremely good at everything.

"Often you don’t get to see that in one-off games, so having a tournament, four tournaments consistently spaced together and you really get to see a consistency of players, so the opportunity is much better and it's easier to be fairer to recruit the next Australian players."

Australia's Rio gold medallists will be spread among the eight teams, with only Ellia Green likely to be unavailable, after an ACL injury.

Walsh wants all his contracted players to be involved, with the World Series taking up less than half the year, as he looks towards the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Those players will also play a role in talent scouting, as the Sevens look to get themselves ahead of the curve.

"Because they have the points of difference they can see the strengths in their team and individual players and they can highlight what that player has to offer, which is  such an important thing," he said.

The Aon Uni 7s kicks off at the University of Tasmania Stadium on August 25-26, with University of Canberra (ACT), University of Adelaide (SA), University of Tasmania (TAS) University of New England (NSW), Macquarie University (NSW), Bond University (QLD), University of Queensland (QLD) and Griffith University (QLD) the teams playing off.


Aon Uni 7s

Round 1

University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston, August 25-26

Round 2

Macquarie University fields, Sydney, September 9-10

Round 3

University of Queensland fields, Brisbane, September 16-17

Round 4

Bond University fields, Gold Coast,September 29-30