Beck back on deck

Uni 7s
by Sam Phillips

Nicole Beck will play her first game since the gold medal match in Rio tomorrow and her number one fan, eldest daughter Sophie, can't wait.

Beck makes her return with University of Tasmania at the UQ leg of the Aon Uni 7s, having had time off following the birth of her second child, Harper.

Ahead of her return, the Rio gold medallist told the excitement in the Beck household was palpable.

"My eldest daughter, Sophie, is probably my biggest fan," Beck said.Beck's last start was the gold medal match in Rio. Photo: Getty Images"She has been counting down the sleeps until I can get back out there to play.

"She is always at training, watching the girls train and she just loves it.

"She was down at Macquarie on the weekend and she can't wait to see mum get back out there on Saturday."

Beck's return is a timely one, on two fronts.

Firstly, Beck's contract, along with the rest of the Australian Women's Sevens squad, expires at the end of the year and having not played any rugby in 2017 puts her in a precarious position.

On the team front, Beck's return will be a timely one for UTAS, who are on the bottom of the series ladder with consecutive eighth place finishes to open the series.

"It was always something that I wanted to do and thought I would be able to do," Beck said of her return.

"I love what I do so getting back out there is going to be really exciting.

"Like the other girls my contract is up at the end of the year, so I need to get back out there and show I have what it takes to still compete at that elite level."

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