Aussies search for sevens stars for Rio Olympics

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.
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.

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.

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