University of Canberra announce Aon Uni 7s squad

Uni 7s
by staff

The University of Canberra has named its 30-woman squad for the Aon University 7s ahead of the first round in September.

Key returning players, including former soccer and rugby league star Sammie Wood are joined by a pool of new talent that will make their Sevens debut in the upcoming series.

Wood will be back for her third season, making her UC's most capped player, having competed in all but one tournament since the inception of the Uni 7s.

And the team will also be boosted by Kobe Nona, who will shift south from Aon powerhouses University of Queensland.

Teen flyer Brooke Gilroy (left) will make her debut for the Brumbies Women in their Super W season-opener against NSW. Photo: ARU Media / Stu Walmsley

New faces like 17-year-old high school students, Brooke Gilroy and Lily Murdoch, join UC for the first time but not without any experience.

Former elite swimmer Gilroy played for the Brumbies in Super W this year, while Murdoch is an Australian sevens youth squad member and national schoolgirls squad member.

Coach Liam McGrath said UC had named a larger squad than in previous years and he was happy with the depth.

"I believe we have a good mix of established athletes with some younger, up and coming players which has created competition for positions internally," McGrath said.

“Members of the squad have three tournaments under their belts as we’ve participated in three Shute Shield Sevens tournaments in Sydney and I can see that they are starting to develop combinations and their own style of play."


All teams will be allocated two current national team players, still to be announced. 

Since 2017, Sharni Williams, Yasmin Meakes, Cassie Stapes and American stalwart Abby Gustaitis have all worn the UC blue.

In line with the Rugby Australia and UniSport Australia guidelines, 10 athletes in the squad are UC students, as well as one from the Australian National University in Canberra and another from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.

Most staff are also UC alumni or current students.

The reduced four-round Aon Uni 7s format kicks off on september 14-15 at the University of Queensland.


1 Georgia O'Niell

2 Michaela Leonard

3 Sammy Maxwell

4 Skye Churchill

5 Lillyann Mason-Spice

6 Claudia Obst

7 Rachel Crothers

8 Sammie Wood

9 Caitlin Turnbull

10 Alahna Ryan

11 Biola Dawa

12 Darcy Read

13 Brooke Gilroy

14 Jane Garraway

15 Remi Wilton

16 Emma Masi

17 Bree Tozer

18 Kobe Nona

19 Aroha Spillane

20 Katheryn Cudaj

21 Sepa Salesa

22 Lily Murdoch

23 Erin Chant

24 Tash Salisbury

25 Sidonie Carrol

26 Bella Sheen

27 Ella Ryan

28 Ainsley Scriviner

29 Caitlin Quester

30 Grace Kemp


2019 Aon University 7s Series:

Round 1 - September 14-15, University of Queensland

Round 2 - September 28-29, Bond University

Round 3 - October 12-13, University of Adelaide

Round 4 - October 26-27, University of Canberra