Army women excel in rugby sevens

By Cpl Max Bree.
TWO Army women have been shortlisted for the Australian 7s Rugby team following a development camp in Sydney from June 4-6. Cpl Mollie Gray, of the School of Infantry, and Capt Alisha Hewett, of 11CHC, were told to be ready to step-up after excelling during the camp where they took on a visiting Japanese side. “We began training and they taught us the ins-and-outs of 7s rugby,” Cpl Gray said. “Then they told us the Japanese 7s team was out here and we would be playing them.” Over three days the Australian team faced-off against the Japanese in nine games with the Aussies winning all but one. “We didn’t all play every game – we had enough different players to cycle through the team,” Cpl Gray said. The 7s players needed to cover the same field with fewer players than the regular 15s game. “The best thing about 7s is you have a lot of different people from a lot of different backgrounds, from sprinters, to touch footy players, to 15s rugby players,” Cpl Gray said. “It’s bringing in a lot of varied playing styles to the game.” Both Cpl Gray and Capt Hewett were invited to play with the Australian team in an upcoming rugby 7s tournament in Noosa during October. “The coach was telling me they wanted players with a point of difference. Mine and Alisha’s was our size and strength into contact,” Cpl Gray said. “I had an idea I was close to getting on the team, but I didn’t know how close I was. “He asked me if I wanted to play with the team in Noosa then he asked me how I felt about possibly being contracted after that.” Cpl Gray said the offer came just as she was considering what to do next with her sporting endeavours. “It’s awesome, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a little bit,” she said. “My focus was 15s, but I was thinking about my next sporting adventure.”

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