08 December 2015
by Lachlan Barker
Dubai win for the Wallaroos
Wallaroos captain Shannon Parry holding the Dubai Sevens cup, flanked by team and coach
The relatively unsung Australian women’s rugby team won the Dubai Sevens world rugby tounament on the weekend, reports Lachlan Barker.
I suspect many will be unfamiliar with the Wallaroos in a sporting context.
Well, the Wallaroos are the Australian women’s rugby team and, over the weekend, they won the Dubai Sevens world rugby tournament.
Sevens rugby is an abbreviated form of the game, designed for running rugby and lots of it.
While the 15 person game is generally won and lost through the power of the forwards, sevens is a game for the fast players.
So the Wallaroos showed plenty of speed, and brought home the silverware. The Australians had a great tournament, which included a gritty semi-final win against New Zealand. Down 12-0 the 'Roos showed they had what it takes and ground their way back to beat the Women All Blacks 15-12.
Thus, final time, came and Australia – literally and metaphorically – streaked away from Russia to win 31-12.
This upcoming Olympics in Rio 2016 sees rugby sevens added to the schedule and so Australia’s women players are looking like they are hitting their straps right on cue for the Olympic tournament.