The stars of Australian women's sevens have been allocated to Aon Uni 7s sides ahead of the competition that will kick-start their Olympic defence.
The University of Western Australia has secured the talent of winger Dominique Du Toit and back Emma Tonegato to provide star power to the squad in the team’s first year of competition.
UWA Sport High Performance Manager Nicole Serafini said the presence of the two players would serve as an important boost for the squad.
““We are really excited to have the girls as part of Team UWA.
The experience and knowledge that they’ll be able to pass onto our young group in the first year will contribute greatly to the performance aspirations we have over the next few years both for our individual athletes and for our team.”
Queensland-based Dom Du Toit represents the next generation of Australian sevens talent.
The quick winger has represented Australia at several levels, including an impressive 2014 Youth Olympics, as well as featuring in the silver medal-winning 2018 Commonwealth Games team.
Meanwhile Emma Tonegato has been a cornerstone of the Australian line-up since she made her debut in 2013.
Named in the 2015-2016 World Rugby dream team, her impressive performances include scoring during the Rio Olympics gold medal win, and joining Dom in the 2018 Commonwealth Games team.
Rugby Australia's general manager of high performance, Ben Whitaker said that Uni 7s was proving an important step in the development of quality talent.
“The competition amongst players and teams is fierce and our overall depth has greatly improved, with several players making the transition to the World Series.”
The Aon University Sevens Series kicks off on September 14 at the University of Queensland with every round to be broadcast live on RUGBY.com.au.
UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events Coordinator