The AON University 7’s provides a unique pathway for University of Canberra’s female Sevens talent to be showcased at the highest level and offers an opportunity for those who haven’t played Sevens Rugby a ‘crack at the big time’.
Samantha Wood is just one of the UC 7’s contingent that will take on the elite of Australian Womens Sevens players, with the competition kicking off later this month in Hobart.
What makes the transition all the more remarkable is that the competition has also seen Wood develop from outside traditional Rugby development pathways, rather a completely different sport.
Just five years ago, Wood was gracing the green and white of Canberra United on the football fields of McKellar Park and knocking on the door of the Matildas setup.
A desire for a change of pace, coupled with the grassroots pathways offered by the University Sevens competition allowed for Wood to shift focus from the round-ball game and become one of the freshest new talents in Australian Women’s Rugby.
Now Wood enters her second season of AON University 7’s as one of the main figureheads going forward for the UC 7’s with the full-back established as one of the more experienced heads in the UC 7’s side in the competition.
Wood, 27, also finds herself one of the starring acts of the 15-a-side game, having made the extended Wallaroos squad in April alongside UC 7’s team-mates Tayla Stanford and Georgia O’Neill.
But it will be Wood’s roots in the Sevens games that UC fans will be hoping will shine through as they look to make their mark on the Sevens Rugby landscape.