Australia boost Women's Sevens player base

(IRB.COM) Friday 16 November 2012
 Australia boost Women's Sevens player base
Australia are building a formidable player base in Women's Sevens through their Pathway to Gold programme

While Australia's current top women's Sevens athletes prepare to compete at the opening round of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai, work is already underway across the country to identify many other potential stars of the future.

Rugby Sevens is continuing to grow in popularity in Australia with women’s training sessions now being hosted in Western Australia, NSW, Victoria and Queensland. The new sessions will provide women of all sporting backgrounds, age and ability across the country with even greater access and opportunity to enjoy the newest Olympic Sport.

The sessions follow four highly successful ‘Pathway To Gold’ trial days, run by ARU in Perth, Melbourne Sydney and Brisbane, attended by more than 650 women.

The purpose of the ‘Pathway to Gold’ trials was to identify women who displayed the potential to play Rugby Sevens at the elite level and possibly represent Australia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

More than 80 women were identified as having the potential to train with the Australian squad and were invited to attend a High Performance development camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Following that success, more trials are now to be held.

“These training sessions run by the State Unions will offer further access and opportunities for those that trialled and those who want to experience and play Rugby Sevens,” said the ARU's Programme Manager for Sevens and Women’s Rugby, Dale Roberson.

“The opportunity to be able to play for Australia is obviously an exciting prospect and one we are keen to provide as many women as possible with the chance to experience.

“We now have a squad of women to go to the AIS Development Camp from the recent trials, but there are many others who want to participate in an Olympic sport and Rugby Sevens provides that opportunity.

“The excitement and interest in Rugby Sevens for women is only going to continue to grow over the coming months and years.

“Even though the ‘Pathway To Gold’ trials are over we are still receiving enquiries about how women can get involved.

“The State Unions have been proactive in facilitating these new training sessions, which will continue to help increase awareness and participation of Rugby Sevens from the community level to the elite.”

Dates and locations for each of the State training sessions are listed below:

NSW: 21st, 28th November – venue TBA.
Contact Adam Crane, Senior Development Manager from NSW Rugby for more information at

WA: 27th November – 15th December - University of Western Australia, McGilvray Oval.
Contact Andrew Hill, Manager of Community Rugby at Rugby WA for more information at

VIC: 30th November - venue TBA.
Contact Justin Wilson, Victorian Rugby Union Development Officer for more information at

QLD: Training sessions TBC.
Contact Rob Donaghue, Game Development Manager at Queensland Rugby Union for more information at