Rugby Women set sights on Nationals and beyond

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Kirsti Burtenshaw (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer), CPL Amanda Campbell (photographer), CPL David Said (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

Australian Services Rugby Union Women’s Team member, Captain Caroline Vakalahi charges forward into the defensive line of the Western Australian team.  (photo: LAC David Said)
Australian Services Rugby Union Women’s Team member, Captain Caroline Vakalahi charges forward into the defensive line of the Western Australian team.

The Australian Services Rugby Union Women team are preparing to take on Australia’s best and vying for Wallaroo selection. 

The team will compete the Australian Rugby Union National 15s Women’s Championships in Sydney 23-27 June. 

Sharing their four team pool are the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales Country, and Queensland, who will be their first hurdle on 24 June.

Navy's Leading Seaman Kerryn Seaborn is in the Defence team and said some of the opposition was familiar having played in a sevens competitions earlier in the year. 

"We came away with a few wins to result in a fourth place finish and the best result we had ever had in that competition," she said.

"Fifteens rugby is a completely different ball game however, and although we will go into the Nationals confident in each other and the team, we all know we will have to rise as a unit to progress past the pool games."

The opportunity to shine is also not lost on the services side, with selectors taking a keen interest in the Nationals as they look to fill the national Wallaroo squad for the 2017 Women’s World Cup. 

For more information and to keep up to date with the results from the Nationals see http://www.rugby.com.au/.