Wallaroo Emily Chancellor says unfinished business with the Sydney Rays was the reason why she turned down the chance to join new franchise Sydney University in the second Aon 7’s series.
Chancellor plays her fifteen-a-side rugby with Sydney University but joined the Macquarie Uni Sydney Rays in the inaugural Aon Uni 7s last year.
The 28-year-old faced a tough choice Sydney Uni were added as one of two new Aon Uni 7s franchises but she chose to stay loyal to the Rays.
“For me being a part of the inaugural team last year with the Rays is really important for me to continue on the process there, I feel like there’s unfinished business that we have with the Rays," Chancellor said.
"I love the culture, and so it was a very tough decision as to where I stay, but I think I’ve made the right decision.”
Chancellor will miss round one of the Aon as she was announced in the Wallaroos 28- woman squad that will take on the Black Ferns in a double header Bledisloe clash in Sydney on the 18th of August.
“I’m really excited to be a part of the Wallaroos 28-man squad leading into the two test matches against the Black Ferns, but we’ll see how we go," she said.
"I will hopefully miss the first series of the Aon but our teams in very safe hands with Maddy Anderson as our co-captain.”
Co-captain Maddison Anderson joins the Rays fold after an extensive spell on the sideline due to an ACL injury in 2016-17.
The former Australian Oz Tag representative will lead the squad while Chancellor attends to Wallaroo commitments.
“I’ve played all my rugby with Em, we’ve got a really good similar mentality and style of play, we’re all about effort so hopefully it will be a seamless transition and I’m really looking forward to working with her this year,” Anderson said.
The dynamic duo are determined to take down last year’s defending champions the University of Queensland in this year’s expanded tournament.
“I suppose UQ being the unbeaten team last year they’re defiantly the one with a target on their back. We’ll defiantly go in hard to get a win over them, all of the Queensland teams are very strong so wins against them and of course the local derby with Sydney Uni included,” Chancellor said.
Squad preparation is well and truly underway ahead of round one in the Aon Uni 7s Series, which kicks off on August 25-26 at the University of Tasmania, Hobart.
The Sydney Rays are playing trial matches against Sydney Uni, and a touring from Japan, the Nagato Blue Angels.
“Think for us the big number one thing is that our group of girls works really hard for each other and we’ve already started building that culture and everyone in our team is just doing it for each other and it’s just awesome to see,” Anderson said.