Five goes into sev­ens

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NEDLANDS Rugby Union Foot­ball Club's most promis­ing ju­nior girls have been se­lected to rep­re­sent WA at an in­ter­state exhibition tour­na­ment. Five rugby sev­ens play­ers will play in un­der-14 and un­der-15s dis­ci­plines against two NSW Academy teams. The girls are also set to meet some of their Olympic-win­ning idols, the Aus­tralian Pearls. Full story in sport ,

A GROUP of Nedlands Rugby Union Foot­ball Club ju­nior girls will mix it with the best rugby sev­ens play­ers in NSW and meet their Olympic-win­ning idols dur­ing an exhibition trip.

April Alan, Rueben Cher­ring­ton, Grace McFillin, Kiara Jetta and Ari­ana Ruru-Hi­naki have been se­lected to rep­re­sent WA in the in­au­gu­ral WA Emerg­ing Fe­male Force (EFF) rugby sev­ens squad.

Jetta and Ruru-Hi­naki will play in the un­der-15s team, while Alan, Cher­ring­ton and McFillin will line up for the un­der-14s.

The 23-mem­ber squad will head to Sydney on Fe­bru­ary 3 to play a NSW Academy team, which is pre­par­ing for an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment in Las Ve­gas.

They will also meet the Aus­tralian Pearls sev­ens team, who won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Nedlands un­der-14s coach Alan McFillin, who coached the girls in 2016, said the play­ers had plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence in sev­eral rugby dis­ci­plines.

“I coached the ma­jor­ity of them for a cou­ple of years now and they ab­so­lutely de­serve to be picked in the state side,” he said.

“We have prob­a­bly got the big­gest rep­re­sen­ta­tion of clubs in the state sides and they all have the po­ten­tial to go a long way.

“It is go­ing to be a re­ally good test and it is go­ing to give us an idea of where our girls are in the big pic­ture.”

Ruru-Hi­naki said she was ex­cited to play for WA’s un­der-15s team.

“We have been play­ing against the other play­ers on the team for the whole sea­son and they are re­ally ta­lented,” she said.

McFillin (12) said she was look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the Aus­tralian Pearls team.

“My favourite Pearls player is Char­lotte Caslick – I have loved watch­ing her play­ing on the women’s sev­ens world circuit and in par­tic­u­lar in the awe­some Aussie win at the Rio Olympics,” she said.

“I am also look­ing for­ward to see­ing Shan­ice Parker, who is a West Aus­tralian who was re­cently named in the Aus­tralian women’s sev­ens squad to play in Sydney.”

Last sea­son, Nedlands won the 2016 pre­mier­ship tro­phy, as well as two in­vi­ta­tional rugby sev­ens com­pe­ti­tions held dur­ing the sea­son.

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Ari­ana Ruru-Hi­naki, Grace McFillin, Rueben Cher­ring­ton, Kiara Jetta and April Alan have been se­lected for an exhibition tour­na­ment.

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Ari­ana Ruru-Hi­naki, Grace McFillin, Rueben Cher­ring­ton, Kiara Jetta and April Alan.

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