Allianz Stadium set for sevens spectacular
January 30, 2017
The HSBC Sydney Sevens, brought to you by the Australian Rugby Union, Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust, World Rugby and Destination NSW, is back at Allianz Stadium for three days of action-packed fun this weekend.
For the first time, Australia’s Olympic gold medallists, the Australian Women’s Sevens Team, will compete alongside the men in their very own World Series event.
Countries from all over the globe will fight it out for the newest crown on the sevens circuit, with more than 79 games to be played across the weekend. That’s more than 18 hours of running rugby.
“It’s very exciting to play on home soil, to have round two of the World Series at home,” said Australian women’s coach Tim Walsh. “We’ve prepared well and the girls are going to be pumped from game one.”
Fresh off their success at the Rio Olympic Games and their Australia Day honours, the sevens girls are riding the popularity wave and will be keen to steal the show after their defeat in the recent Dubai final. It’s a challenge that sevens superstar Charlotte Caslick is looking forward to as women’s rugby continues to grow the world game.
"The Olympics had a massive part in that and us winning a gold medal makes a lot of people's eyes light up and want to join in on the success of the game. In Australia, particularly, with our sporting culture, we could create so many amazing female athletes, so I hope it keeps going the way it is."
Australia have drawn Fiji, Ireland and Brazil on the women’s side of the draw, while the men will face Scotland, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in the opening exchanges. In all, 20 international teams will fight it out for the ultimate prize. Click here for more event information.
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