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.
Two of the locations will be hosted by two Universities that compete in the Aon University Sevens Series in Griffith University and Bond University (Gold Coast).
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 next season and we need to make sure we’re continuing to grow and develop.
“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.”
2019 Search for a Sevens Star
Venue: University of the Sunshine Coast
Dates: Thursday 11th July, 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Sunday 14th July, 10.00am to 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
Venue: Ballymore Stadium, Queensland Rugby Union
Dates: Saturday 20th July, 10.00am to 1.00pm
Venue: University of Queensland
Date: Wednesday 24th July, 6.00pm to 9.00pm