Fe­male rugby union play­ers wanted

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY 7’S

QUEENS­LAND Rugby Union is giv­ing 15 to 18-year-old girls the chance to build a ca­reer in rugby union.

With the suc­cess of the Aus­tralian Women’s Rugby 7’s team, who are cur­rently ranked num­ber one in the world, and the in­clu­sion of rugby union into the 2016 Olympic games, now is the per­fect time for young ladies to pave a new path­way into rugby 7’s.

Madlin Spruce, Ai­akie Gabey, Laura Tay­lor and Malieka Boyd are some of the lo­cal ladies who have stepped up to the chal­lenge and are now a part of the Whit­sun­days youth de­vel­op­ment 7’s squad lead by Queens­land Rugby Union de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Peter Firth.

“Women’s rugby union has grow rapidly in the 7’s cir­cuit and it’s im­por­tant for young girls to know, that even in a male dom­i­nated sport, they have a fu­ture,” Firth said.

“The girls will have the po­ten­tial to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Olympics and can also gain full-time rugby con­tracts with Aus­tralian Rugby Union which will see them play on all the ma­jor con­ti­nents of the world.”

Firth said the squad was look­ing to take on more play­ers for the Mackay, Whit­sun­days and Bowen rep­re­sen­ta­tive squad and en­cour­aged other lo­cal girls to try out.

He said no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence was nec­es­sary and full coach­ing would be pro­vided.

The squad will con­tinue train­ing un­til the end of June with hit outs planned against North Queens­land teams from Cairns, Townsville and Rock­hamp­ton later in the year.

The team is train­ing ev­ery Mon­day night at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park from 5pm.

Ladies who are in­ter­ested in signingon should con­tact Peter Firth on 0448 806 560 or email peter.firth@qru.com.au.

NEW OP­POR­TU­NITY: Queens­land rugby de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Peter Firth (cen­tre) will be leading Madlin Spruce, Ai­akie Gabey, Laura Tay­lor and Malieka Boyd who are among the Whit­sun­day play­ers com­pet­ing in the Women's Rugby 7's tour­na­ment in Townsville on Sun­day.

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