It’s hard to believe that this time last year Darcie Morrison had never played a game of Rugby 7’s but dedication and determination has earned her a spot in the Australian University Team to compete at the 2016 Rugby Sevens World University Championships in Swansea, UK from 7-9 July.
Darcie began her journey with Rugby 7’s after being identified by the Australian Institute of Sport through the Sports Draft Program in October 2014. She attended weekly training in Sydney with the NSW Rugby 7’s Development Program and her skills have improved dramatically during
the past 12 months. As a novice in the sport, Darcie is grateful to have had the
support of Charles Dwyer and Jarrod Morrison in the early stages of her development, who helped her grasp an understanding of the game and assisted her develop specific skills necessary for success.
Darcie, along with four of her NSW teammates, was notified last week of her selection and is excited at the opportunity to represent her country and pending UK tour later in the year. The selection of 5 NSW players in an Australian squad of 12 is testament to the strength of the NSW Rugby
The World University Championships alternate with the Summer and Winter Universiades and are organised every evennumbered year. Rugby Sevens entered the program in 2004 and since then, the number of participants and participating countries has constantly grown.
By Anita Morrison