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A belated reminder that the Australian Women won the rugby sevens gold medal, beating rival New Zealand 24-17. The Wallaroos dominated sevens play this past World Rugby, five-circuit season, and they were the slight favorite to win the event. Canada defeated Great Britain 33-10 to take the bronze.
The Australians, under the leadership of coach Tim Walsh, have become the dominant side in women’s sevens owing to the assemblage of talented players. They have demonstrated the success of unselfish team play, and more important, a side with great depth and multiple scorers.
In the New Zealand victory (a four to three try tally), four separate payers scored; Charlotte Caslick, Ellia Green, Emma Tonegato, and Evania Pelite.
Physically, the Aussies are tall and strong with an empirical command of the pace and style needed to win at rugby sevens.
The future? For all of the medal round contestants, the question is will some migrate to fifteens in order to play in next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup, scheduled for August in Dublin and Belfast?
Congratulations to the gold, silver, and bronze medalists. The expectations worldwide are that these Olympic games have showcased women’s rugby and will encourage increased participation.