Three chase Indigenous Sevens
THREE Coffs Coast locals are this weekend chasing selection in the national Indigenous Women's Rugby Sevens squad.
Sharon McGrady and Taylor and Zayla Jarrett caught the eye of selectors at the Ella Rugby Sevens last month and are attending Redfern's National Centre for Indigenous Excellence in a bid to make the side.
The selection camp features players from New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory.
The chosen squad will train under the watchful eye of recently appointed coach Selena Tranter who remains Australia's most-capped Wallaroo.
While the National Indigenous Women's Sevens program is in its infancy, Tranter was impressed with the rugby she has seen so far.
"I've seen a really good standard of rugby from the girls," she said.
"They're very skilful players and I want to see them playing with their natural talent.
"You don't want to inhibit that running rugby style, which is why we've structured a program that will encourage, not inhibit their natural talent."
Tranter said she hoped the new program combined with enthusiastic players would help create a strong rugby culture and assist Indigenous players along the selection pathway.
"This is the inaugural year of the team so it's an open book in terms of where we go with it," she added.
"While the goal of this program is to feed as many Indigenous players into the Wallaroos and Qantas Women's Sevens as possible, we also want to ensure we are establishing a really strong culture."
The National Indigenous Women's Sevens side will compete in Australian Rugby Union's inaugural National Women's Sevens Championship held at St. Ignatius College, Riverview, from April 13-15.