The already-packed University of Canberra Women’s Rugby Sevens squad just got even bigger with the allocation of two national team players, Sharni Williams and Yasmin Meakes.
Williams and Meakes are returning to the UC7s for their third Aon University Sevens Series after each University was allocated at least two national team players by Rugby Australia to highlight the professional pathway.
Head Coach of the UC7s, Liam McGrath, said that he is excited about the impact the two athletes will have both on and off the field.
“They hold themselves to a very high standard the way they look after their bodies and the way they approach each game if that rubs off on the rest of our squad we’ll be well on our way.
“They bring a level of professionalism and leadership to everything that we do while we’re in competition. Not only do they know what we expect from them but they hold themselves to an international standard which raises the level of the other women in the squad.
“The impact they’ve had on and off the field over the last two years has been invaluable and having them available to play and train with the squad only amplifies that impact,” said Mr McGrath.
Williams is originally from Batlow in the Riverina region which is part of the ACT Rugby Unions catchment area, and later moved to Canberra to pursue her rugby career with the Canberra Royals Club. She made the switch to Sevens in 2011 and is now an Olympic Gold Medallist and the Co-Captain of the National team.
Meakes, originally from Newcastle, played her first season of rugby with the Uni-Norths Owls in 2017 and made her debut for the UC7s and the Australian National teams later that same year.
The addition of Williams and Meakes brings the squad to 32 players, joining local names such as Sammie Wood and Michaela Leonard.
The University of Canberra leg of the Aon University Series will take place on 26-27 October on campus and is the final tournament of the Series which will kick off on September 14.