The Jabiru Division for Women is shaping up to be one of the best yet with a record ten Rugby 7s teams nominating for next week’s Hottest 7s in the World at Rugby Park, Marrara
Defending Champion Tribe 7s have been seeded first to defend their crown but will face tough opposition from state teams Queensland Reds and Melbourne Rebels in their quest to win back to back titles.
Tribe 7s were established in 2013 to give female crossover athletes the opportunity to compete in Rugby 7s tournaments at an elite level.
They are now one of the world’s most successful women’s clubs having also won titles in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Dubai, Central Coast, and Noosa.
Charlotte Caslick will again spearhead the side and has been described as the classic modern-day Rugby Sevens player – pacy, durable, with footy smarts by the bucket load.
The scrum-half from Corinda just outside of Brisbane is already a dual international having represented her country at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup as well as playing for Touch Football Australia at both age-grade and open levels.
Charlotte was named in World Rugby's 2014/15 Team of the Season after another stellar season and one of four players nominated for the 2015 World Sevens Player of the Year.
The Tribe will also have the services of several Australian Representative Players including Liz Patu, Evanni Pelite, Taleena Simon, Kirby Sefo and Nita Maynard.
Tribe have also included convert Mahalia Murphy in the line-up.
One of the best Rugby League players in the World having scored a hatrick on debut for the Jillaroos as a teenager against New Zealand will surely have National Coach Tim Walsh considering her selection in the Olympic Games Squad.
Walsh has also released several National Players to represent Queensland who are seeded second for the Tournament.
The Ladies in Red won the 2010 Jabiru competition the last time they were in Darwin.
The Melbourne Rebels which is the Victorian State Team defeated the NT Goannas who were boosted by three imports in the final of the Bowl at last year’s National 7s in Sydney
The Ozboks are a new Team on the Women’s 7s circuit, only forming last year but recorded tournament victories at the Samoan Independence 7’s , Southern Highland 7’s and Mudgee 7s in their debut year.
Ozboks recruit their players from NSW, ACT and Victoria and have been a successful identity on the Men’s circuit for several years including a quarter final in Darwin a few years back
The fifth interstate competitor hails from the Rugby stronghold of Townsville.
Nanyang Technical University from Singapore brings an international element to the Competition again having hosted the National Team last year.
Local hopes of success lie with a youthful Northern Territory Goannas, Palmerston Sweethearts plus the Central Desert Scorpions and Royals from Alice Springs.
Pool G Tribe 7s, Melbourne Rebels, Townsville, Scorpions, Palmerston
Pool H: Queensland Reds, Ozboks, NT Goannas, Royals, Nanyang TU