The eight universities competing in the inaugural Aon Uni 7s Series have descended on Macquarie University in Sydney for round two of the competition, kicking off this Saturday at Macquarie University Playing Fields.
After the completion of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, four Wallaroos players will make their Aon Uni 7s Series debut this weekend with Sam Treherne (Griffith University), Nareta Marsters (Griffith University), Mille Boyle (Bond University) and Mahalia Murphy (The University of Adelaide).
The University of Queensland will be out to defend their top-of-ladder position after winning the first round of the series at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston. Hosts Macquarie University will welcome back Aussie 7s star Chloe Dalton, who missed round one due to injury.
Matches kick off at 10.00am on Saturday 9 September with every match to be streamed LIVE through rugby.com.au and free entry at the ground.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp said: “The second round of the Series in Sydney follows a resounding start in Launceston, with the eight universities mostly on an even playing field.”
“While it’s too early to make a call on which university will take the inaugural title, the talent we are seeing from these student-athletes is only a glimpse of the depth of sporting talent across Australian universities.”
Qantas Australian Sevens and Macquarie University Sevens player Chloe Dalton said: “I’m really looking forward to running out for Macquarie University this weekend and the side is excited about playing at home.”
“To finish in third place last round has left us in good stead for the Series and we are looking forward to improving our game on home turf.”
Bond University Head Coach Ben Gollings said the team’s biggest learnings from the first round were about the tournament itself, how it plays out and that it really is anyone’s to win.
“The girls played well, especially as they continued to bond as a team throughout the tournament and our Australian players became fully integrated.”
“The team learned a lot about themselves as rugby players, and even more about how to work effectively as a team.”
“Our focus will be on the continued development of our players and our team, which is exactly what this tournament is all about – developing talent and evolving the sport of women’s rugby sevens to the next level.”
Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh said: “We saw some competitive sevens rugby in round one of the Series and I think we will see the standard lift again this weekend at Macquarie University.”
“All teams would have taken a lot out of their round one experience and will be looking to really lift their game coming into round two.”
“To win a Sevens Series is all about consistency, so I think we will see some teams really step up over the weekend and look to claim valuable Series points.”
The weekend will be a festival of rugby, with the Macquarie University Sydney Rays playing host to the Greater Sydney Rams in the National Rugby Championship on Sunday 10 September.
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2017 Aon Uni 7s Series Ladder:
1st: The University of Queensland, 20 points
2nd: Bond University, 18 points
3rd: Macquarie University, 16 points
4th: Griffith University, 14 points
5th: University of New England, 12 points
6th: University of Canberra, 10 points
7th: The University of Adelaide, 8 points
8th: University of Tasmania, 6 points
2017 Women's Aon Uni 7s Series dates:
Round 1 - University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston, 25-26 August
Round 2 - Macquarie University fields, Sydney, 9-10 September
Round 3 – The University of Queensland fields, Brisbane, 16-17 September
Round 4 - Bond University fields, Gold Coast, 29-30 September
Photo credit: ARU Media/ Karen Watson