Rugby Australia (RA) has announced the Search for a Sevens Star ID programme will return with the governing body hoping to find the next generation of players for the women’s national team.
The program was initially launched in 2014 to unearth talent to represent Australia in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Australia Sevens star Ellia Green was discovered during the last edition and Rugby Australia will be hoping to discover more players to bolster the national team as they prepare for next year’s Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan.
Rugby Australia Performance Manager Rugby Sevens, Scott Bowen, said RA was keen to improve squad depth and he was looking forward to giving chances to the wealth of talent expected to be vying for places in the squad.
“We’re looking to continue to build on our squad depth heading into a massive year for rugby sevens over the next 12 months,” Bowen was quoted as saying by Rugby Australia. “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 programme 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.”
The programme is open to female athletes between the ages of 16 to 26 and will take place across Queensland with the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane to host the first three talent combines.
Main photo: Ellia Green (You Tube)