The Inverell Highlanders welcomed some top names in women’s rugby union to training on Wednesday night when players from the National University Sevens Series Tournament joined them for a workout.
Out on the field were three UNE Lions players: Warialda’s Rhiannon Byers, 18: Guyra’s Bea Roberts, 21: and visiting WA Under 18s Langley Sesega, 17. Accompanying them was assistant Lions’ coach Dale Beattie who made sure the two-hour session at Rugby Park challenged his players. Absent was another Lions’ player from Warialda, Kearni Churchland.
Watching over the session was Highlanders’ women’s team manager and assistant manager with the UNE Lions, Katreana Byers: “Rio [Olympics] has really brought women’s rugby up, it’s amazing to see the crowds we get at tournaments,” she said.
The UNE Lions are one of women’s teams representing the eight universities competing in the inaugural University Sevens Series. Ms Byers said series tournaments were also being used to scout for talent for Australia’s top teams.