Aussies search for sevens stars for Rio Olympics

Last updated 15:27 03/09/2014
FOCUS ON RIO: The Australian sevens team in action at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where they won bronze. The ARU is searching for the countries next sevens star ahead of the next Olympic Games.
Getty Images
FOCUS ON RIO: The Australian sevens team in action at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where they won bronze. The ARU is searching for the countries next sevens star ahead of the next Olympic Games.

Relevant offers

Sevens

Rugby bosses should explain why star speedster Selica Winiata has no sevens contract New Zealand interim coach Scott Waldrom enjoying role ahead of Wellington Sevens Manawatu sports people surprised Selica Winiata did not make the NZ sevens squad Four new caps in NZ team for Wellington sevens Ian Botham's grandson James to play for Wales at Wellington Sevens Selica Winiata axed from NZ sevens contract list for attacking too much Fresh names in New Zealand women's sevens for 2017 season Wellington Free Ambulance to benefit from sevens' spectator generosity Wellington Sevens boss 'happy' with tournament ticket sales Counties Manukau win both the men's and women's national sevens titles

It's got a passing resemblance to ''Australia's Got Talent'' - the Australian Rugby Union is holding a nationwide talent search for potential sevens players to represent the country when the sport makes its Olympic Games debut in Rio de Janeiro.

The ARU today unveiled plans to discover the next generation of rugby sevens stars when launching ''Search for a Sevens Star'' - an initiative where talent identification days will be held on October 26 in New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and Victoria.

Western Australian hopefuls have their chance to impress on November 2.

Recently appointed national sevens coach Geraint John said the talent identification process was critical to ensure the Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medallists continued to develop.

''There's nothing I would love more than seeing 'Search for a Sevens Star' unearth a new generation of sevens players. It would make my job a lot tougher, but that's a problem I want,'' the Welshman said.

Athletes with a sprinting or touch football background are expected to have the inside running.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

What effect will a potential ban on booze at Rugby Sevens 2015 have on you?

I'd no longer go ... what's the point?

I'd buy a ticket, with rugby the priority again.

Ban or no ban, I'm still going.

I'd rather watch 'Wheel of Fortune' on a 24/7 loop than 7s.

Vote Result

Related story: Booze ban hovers over sevens

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content