Super Rugby


6/28/2019

Search for a Sevens Star returns to find next wave of talent


Rugby Australia will relaunch Search for a Sevens Star, a talent ID program looking to find the next generation of Rugby Sevens athletes to join Australia’s Women’s ranks.

Coming to Queensland this July, talented athletes are being asked to put their hands up to test themselves in a Sevens environment to see if they can make it in one of the fastest growing sports in Australia.

The program that found one of the World’s best Rugby Sevens players in Ellia Green will move across Queensland with the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane to host the first three talent combines.

The program kicks off with Australia having qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games having finished in fourth on the World Series ladder for the 2018-2019 season.

Rugby Australia will expand the search to more locations around the country in the coming weeks.

To be eligible, athletes are asked to complete this link on Rugby Australia’s page and must be a woman between the ages of 16 to 26.

Rugby Australia Performance Manager Rugby Sevens, Scott Bowen said: “We’re looking to continue to build on our squad depth heading into a massive year for Rugby Sevens over the next twelve months.

“We have the Olympics and we also have the World Series expanding from six to eight rounds with more back to back tournaments and we need to make sure we’re continuing to throw our open our doors to athletes who think they can make it in Sevens.

“We’ve already seen this program be successful in 2012 when a young Ellia Green was brought to one of these sessions in Melbourne and I believe there is another Ellia Green, Emma Tonegato, Emilee Cherry or Charlotte Caslick out there that just needs to be given an opportunity.

“If you think you have what it takes, I strongly encourage you to come down to one of these talent combines and put your hand up, you never know what it could lead to.”

Queensland Rugby Unions Sevens High Performance Manager Lachlan Parkinson said: “Queensland has been a hot bed of talent for Rugby Sevens and the established Queensland Academy of Sport Sevens program has helped produce talent for the Australian sides.

“Australian Women’s stars including Emma Sykes, Demi Hayes and Lilly Dick are all graduates of our women’s academy.

“These talent ID events will provide us with a great chance to identify talented athletes from not just within Rugby, but from other sporting backgrounds.

“Potential prospects we unearth can then spend time with us in a academy set up and we can track their progress as we continue to put them through their paces to prepare them for the demands of Sevens.”

To register to take part in one of the events, please fill out and submit the form available via this link: http://bit.ly/SevensStarSearch2019

2019 Search for a Sevens Star

Sunshine Coast Venue: University of the Sunshine Coast Dates: Thursday 11th July, 6.00pm to 9.00pm Sunday 14th July, 10.00am-1.00pm

Gold Coast Venue: Bond University Date: Wednesday 17th July, 6.00pm to 9.00pm Venue: Griffith University Date: Sunday 21st July, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Brisbane Venue: Ballymore Stadium, Queensland Rugby Union Dates: Saturday 20th July, 10am to 1.00pm

Venue: University of Queensland Wednesday 24th July, 6.00pm to 9.00pm

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