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The first round of the Sydney Women’s Rugby 7’s Series will be played this weekend, with six teams drawn from eight clubs competing in the one day tournament at Koola Park, East Killara.
The series brings women from four premiership clubs together with teams from the suburban rugby competition, for a round robin competition designed to encourage and introduce many first time players to rugby.
NSW Rugby Union Female Development Officer Caitlin Aquilina is organising the competition which will run over for three months with four tournaments being played in different Sydney locations.
“We’re creating a new competition for women to learn the skills to play the game and experience and participate in rugby,” Ms Aquilina said.
“We’re aiming to grow the tournament and involve more clubs and a increase the number of women playing.
“It will also create a pathway for women who would like to go on and player at higher levels, possibly going all the way from this competition to the national squad, and that would be really exciting.
“Many of the women playing this weekend are new to the game and have only been learning the skills of running, catching and passing for a few weeks, but they are loving rugby and now they have a competition to play in.”
Three universities will participate with Macquarie University and UNSW joining to field a team for this weekend, while Sydney University will combine their players with those from Manly.
Hornsby, Eastern Suburbs, West Harbour and Pride 7’s from Cronulla will all field stand alone teams to play in the competition.
Caitlin Aquilina says that some of the girls will be playing rugby for the very first time.
“Rugby 7’s is an exciting, fast flowing game and is a less structured format compared to a 15’s game and it allows new players with little rugby experience to pick up the skills relatively quickly,” said Ms Aquilina.
“Once they’ve played and got hooked on the game, we hope they bring their friends to join in and we’ll see a bigger competition and more teams playing.”
The first match starts at 11:00am between Macquarie University/ UNSW and Hornsby, with the final between the top two teams kicking off at 2:40pm.
Media: Caitlin Aquilina, NSWRU Female Development Officer - 0466 304 663