About the Tournament
In the wake of Rugby 7s’ success at the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016, a new collegian Women’s 7s tournament has been developed.
The tournament will fill a much needed gap in the national women’s 7s pathway, offering the nation’s best up-and-coming talent the opportunity to train and play in a high performance environment to stake their claims for national selection.
After receiving numerous high quality applications from across Australia, the final eight teams for the inaugural Aon National University Sevens Series have been finalised.
Five states and territories will be represented in the competition, with ACT, NSW, QLD, SA and Tasmania all to field teams. The Australia-wide spread of the universities reflects the growing demand for women’s Rugby Sevens across the country, especially following the gold medal efforts of the Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team at the Rio Olympics, which prompted a 33% increase in female club Sevens participation in 2016 (after a 33% increase in 2015).
The Aon National University Sevens Series will involve four tournaments, with the first one scheduled to kick off in August.
Members of the Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens squad will be divided up between the teams which will each comprise a mix of students and non-students (with 50% students being the squad minimum and no on-field quota to be employed).