Sisters top the pack for Sevens

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By Michael Brooke.
ARMY siblings Cpl Mollie and Pte Ellie Gray have been selected to spearhead the Australian Services Rugby Union women’s campaign at the 2014 National Women’s Sevens Championship.
Work commitments will preclude Pte Gray from playing in the tournament, however the sisters are among 12 Army women selected to represent ASRU in the sevens competition at Canberra’s National Institute of Sport from March 8-9.
The Army players will play alongside three Air Force players and one from Navy.
“Rugby is a real family affair for us because our brother, Cpl Joshua Gray, also plays for Army and ASRU,” Pte Gray said.
In fact, the Grays were the first family to be capped as having all siblings in the Defence Force and all playing rugby for Army.
Cpl Gray, of the School of Infantry, said she was looking forward to playing alongside her sister in the same team, after some fierce on-field clashes when they played in opposing teams at the inter-brigade competition in Brisbane last year.
“Ellie told me she was scared I was going to line her up for a few big hits,” the 174cm lock-forward said.
However the sisters may have to wait until the ASRU nationals later this year before they team up once again.
Cpl Gray was also selected in the training squad for the Australian Wallaroos, along with Capt Caroline Vakalahi, Capt Alisha Hewett, Cpl Lucy Lockhart and Pte Hayley Sullivan, following outstanding performances in the 2013 National Women’s Rugby Championship in Sydney.
The three players will make their debuts with the national team next August if they survive the cut after the training camp, which includes two trial matches.
“We have put a lot of effort in during the last six months and the gym has become like a second home to me.”

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