Two Sydney University representatives have wrapped up their first World University Championship with an unbeaten record as part of the Rugby Sevens Uniroos in Swansea, Great Britain.
Former Elite Athlete Program member and Sydney University Football Club player, Justin Fourie, played alongside University of Sydney graduate, Michael Adams, at the 7th Edition of the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) World University Championship from 06 – 09 July, 2016.
The Australian’s breezed through the first day of competition, defeating Czech Republic 57-0 and then backing up against Namibia, 31-14, before taking on their toughest opponents yet, Great Britain and Italy. Ready for business, the squad managed to beat Italy convincingly and get away with a win against Great Britain in the dying moments.
Winning all of their pool matches, the Aussies progressed to the Saturday semi-final against Spain. Despite wet and miserable conditions, the squad pulled together for the 43-0 victory and advanced to the final against the home country.
The Brits got away with an early 10-0 lead but the Uniroos refused to lie down, with a set of quick tries firing the Aussies ahead 10-19 at the break.
The hosts edged one point in front by the time the hooter sounded, but in true Aussie spirit, the Uniroos forced a scrum penalty.
After a few phases of passing the ball around, the Aussies eventually cracked the Great Britain defense and had the final say, 20-24.
The Australian women, captained by Emily Chancellor of Sydney University Women’s Rugby Club, weren’t so lucky, going down to New Zealand in the play-offs.
Final standing here: http://wucrugby2016.com/final-standings.htm