SANTOS ROMA RUGBY SEVENS: Back to back winners UQ Rugby 1.
SANTOS ROMA RUGBY SEVENS: Back to back winners UQ Rugby 1. Molly Hancock

UQ chases three in a row

Rugby 7s: UQ Rugby 1 has been the team to beat the past two years and they're not looking to make an exception for this year's Santos Roma Rugby 7s.

Still riding high off their 19-0 win over Brisbane-Fiji in last year's Santos Men's championship, the team is coming back to Roma next month and are hoping to once again take home the Tanya Osbourne Cup, all in the name of supporting bush football.

Craig Winship from UQ Rugby 1 said, as a city university, they had a lot of students playing who were originally from the bush.

"I think because of that we really like to support bush tournaments and we go out there and have some fun, see what's out there.

"When we've been in Roma in the past, we try and support the sponsors, we've been found at the Royal a few times."

While the club is still in the early days of their pre-season training for 15s, Winship said bringing rugby to the bush was a good way to honour the game.

He said the 7s had something different to offer to the 15s.

"The thing about 7s that I really like is that it's a sport of self-discovery.

"Any weak link, whether that be a player, coach or manager shows up in results, whereas in 15s that can be covered up.

"It really exposes people of great character and produces some great players," Winship said.

"I think we've got plenty of those."

While the men's team is going for their third win in five years, the women from UQ Rugby hope to take out the AGL Women's Championship for the Emilee Cherry Cup, which they won in 2017.


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