Australian Rugby Union (ARU) today announced that Australian Women’s Sevens champions Charlotte Caslick and Brooke Walker will play for Bond University in the upcoming Women’s Aon Uni 7s Series.
Bond University’s Sevens Head Coach Ben Gollings said he and the team were very excited about the latest addition to the Gold Coast-based squad.
“It is sensational news for us to be allocated players the calibre and profile of Charlotte and Brooke for the Uni 7s Series – they will be brilliant role models for the team,” Gollings said.
“Charlotte is widely regarded as one of the best women’s players in the world and Brooke is also an incredibly high calibre player.
“They’re coming here to better our game and their own.
“Having them in such key positions as fly half/first five and scrum half will give them great control over the game, so we anticipate their addition will have a big impact on the rest of the team and how we perform.
“The best way to improve as a player is to learn off your peers and be inspired by their experience, and there is no greater experience our girls can aspire to than an Olympic gold medal.”
Gollings said he would look to use the recruitment of the two Australian all-stars to help grow and nurture talent and promote women’s sevens across the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales region.
Scrum-half Charlotte from Corinda, 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.
She was named in World Rugby's 2014-15 and 2015-16 Dream Teams - she was also one of four players nominated for the 2015 World Sevens Player of the Year and starred as Australia won the first-ever rugby sevens Gold Medal in the Summer Olympics in August 2016. The 21-year-old scored seven tries throughout the competition in Rio, including one in the Gold Medal match against trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand.
Brooke Walker, who originally hails from Auckland but now lives in Brisbane, won her first Women’s sevens World Series cap in Atlanta in March 2015 just a month after her Australian citizenship was granted.
Brooke was part of the Australian squad that won the Australian Youth Festival in Sydney in January 2013 alongside Charlotte and Tiana Penitani. She was also named as a travelling reserve for the Rio Olympics in August 2016.
The entire Australian Women’s Sevens squad will play in the upcoming Women’s Aon Uni 7s Series, with players to link up with the university teams around the country.