Sevens rugby builds speed for Defence squad

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Kirsti Burtenshaw (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Noosa, Queensland

SBLT Zebedee Learoyd in action during the 7s at Noosa (photo: Unknown)
SBLT Zebedee Learoyd in action during the 7s at Noosa

Two Australian Defence Force Rugby Union men’s teams put in some fast-paced groundwork for the Australian Rugby Union nationals when they competed at the Noosa International and Byron Bay 7s tournaments in October. 
 
Defence ‘White’ had a draw and two losses in its pool B games in the Noosa event, while Defence ‘Blue’ had a win against East Tigers in Pool A on the first day put it into the semi-final against the Brisbane Fijians. 
 
The Fijians had to fight to win the semi, 31-12.
 
Sub Lieutenant Zebedee Learoyd said the teams had only six days of training before the first tournament and had organised the teams the day before kick-off.
 
“We are happy with how we played. It was a great way to kick off our 7s campaign towards nationals,” he said.
 
Both teams then found themselves in a knockout game against each other in the Byron Bay 7s. 
 
Defence Blue again progressed to the semi-finals, saving its best game until last, coming out firing against a spirited and talented University of Queensland side that eventually got the better of it, 35-21.
 
The competitions and associated training allowed the squad to prepare for the nationals in Adelaide from 17 November.