One Percenters: Sevens welcome cross-code influences

by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

Australia's Sevens stars could be allowed to split their time between codes if the timing was right, according to high performance boss Ben Whitaker.

Currently all of the national squad plays Sevens exclusively but Whitaker said the organisation could be open to players playing multiple codes in certain situations.

The current scheduling of the World Series means it's almost impossible there would be much wiggle room for stars to switch between codes full-time but Whitaker said they were 'open-minded'.

"We've looked at whether girls can come in and out of our national program into then compete effectively in the World Series," he said.

"Right now, it doesn't work. Our World Series goes from October to late May/early June and whilst there's only five or six tournaments in that time, it's hard to then have girls coming in and out and it doesn't necessarily work in with the other sports.

"That's the toughest thing at the moment. We're open-minded but right now it's just a bit difficult."

Aussie Sevens stars including Caslick and Emma Tonegato have been in the sights of NRLW teams in recent months but have turned down those advances.

Australia's Uni 7s competition has a host of multi-sport athletes, something Whitaker said they wanted to encourage in that competition.

"I think, I can't speak for the other sports, but I think what we're really aiming to do is have our players playing a range of sports," he said.

"We've got to try and find a way to see if we can give girls an opportunity from any sport to play."

Pocock's post-match PM meeting

Star Wallabies flanker David Pocock sought out a meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after the 40-12 loss to the All Blacks on Saturday night.

Ardern was on hand to present Kiwi skipper Kieran Read with the Bledisloe Cup and Pocock praised the work she has done in office post-match.

"I just wanted to meet her," he said.

"I think she's provided some real leadership around climate change and plastic in the ocean and she's doing a really good job from what I can see.

"I just wanted to say g'day."

Tizzano creating a stir in WA

Australia might just have another promising flanker in its midst.

WA openside Carlo Tizzano was a schoolboys standout for his state in 2017 and the only player from his state to make the national squad.

This year the backrower has made his presence felt in the Fortescue Premier Grade, winning player of the year.

Tizzano ran out for the Western Force against the Stockman on Saturday as well, his first match with the team.

Watch this space.

Brown blow for Aussie Sevens


The Uni 7s tournament has become a breeding ground for the next generation of Aussie stars but one of the best 2017 graduates was struck down on day one of the 2018 series.

Former Griffith captain Lauren Brown was playing her first game for Bond Uni in Hobart and broke her leg.

Brown's impressive 2017 form earned her an Aussie Sevens spot and a World Series debut but she will be in the rehab group for a while now.

Classic Wallabies head to Fiji


Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi will headline a Classic Wallabies tour to Fiji next week.

It's the second annual trip for the group that also includes former Test skipper Stephen Moore.

The touring squad will visit Cuva College, Sigatoka Special School and Sigatoka Hospital in their trip.

They will also play in an exhibition game against the Fiji legends ahead of the NRC match between the Fiji Drua and the Melbourne Rising 

SQUAD

Sam Cordingley

Stephen Hoiles

Jimmy Holbeck

Rob Horne

Samu Kerevi

Stephen Moore

Patrick Phibbs

Beau Robinson

Radike Samo

Lote Tuqiri

Morgan Turinui

Laurie Weeks

Castle shows her true colours

When it's freezing cold it's tough to find warm clothing in a colour other than black but when you're the Rugby Australia CEO that doesn't quite cut the mustard.

Raelene Castle went to great lengths to ensure there was no room to question her loyalties at Eden Park, sporting a standout gold fuzzy jacket to support the Wallabies.

New comp opening doors in Queensland

The Moreton Bay Super 6 kicks off next week. Photo: SuppliedA new schools rugby competition is set to kick off next week in South-East Queensland's Moreton Bay region.

The Moreton Bay Super 6 Rugby Cup will feature only non-rugby playing schools with Caboolture High, Clontarf Beach High, Deception Bay High, Tullawong High, Murrumba State Secondary College and Southern Cross Catholic College.

An extra Lucas at Ballymore

Isaac (left) and Tom Lucas. Photo: QRU MediaQueensland's NRC teams went head-to-head in an opposed training session on Saturday and there was a surprise face in the mix.

Aussie Sevens playmaker Tom Lucas donned a Queensland Country jersey to have a run in the session against youngest brother Isaac.

Sydney 7s on sale

Want to start locking down your 2019 activities? Sydney 7s 2019 tickets went on sale this week.

Snap them up right here.