Roma's Ready For Final Trial Matches At Shute Shield 7s

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Jahan Emery

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The University of Adelaide Roma’s have named their touring squad prior to their final trial matches of the 2019 season.

The squad of 14 will include both new and old faces to the 2019 program, with coaches Troy Doughty and James O’Keefe looking to see more from thsoe who have had less game time.

The Roma’s will travel to Sydney to compete in the Shute Shield 7s competition where they will face off against local opposition who are well versed in rugby 7s, after a season long campaign.

In a festival of Women’s Rugby, the Sydney Women’s Grand Final will be played at Pittwater Park, where Eva Karpani will be lining up for Randwick Magic against defending premiers Sydney University.

Director and head coach James O'Keefe expects their New South Wales counterparts to provide some of the toughest competition they've seen in the trial period.

“We are expecting to come up against some very strong opposition, as most of these teams have had a season of Rugby 7s. Specifically, Southern Districts Rebelettes who have a fair majority of University of Sydney Aon players alongside the University of Canberra who will be sending up two teams. We will have a few players sit out of this tour, as they have their local clubs finals campaign still running into the mid of September. That in itself presents a challenge, I think South Australia is the only state that is still operating in the XV space, which will overlap with Round 1 of Aon.”

The University of Adelaide Roma’s will come up against Warringah, Sydney University Academy and University of Canberra 2, and if things go to plan they will pull on the boots for a final match against the first ranked in the opposing Pool.

You can follow the progress of the Roma’s throughout the Shute Shield 7s on their Instagram @Auromas7s.

University of Adelaide Roma’s Team List
Shute Shield Sevens – Pittwater Rugby Park
31st August 2019

1 – Lilly Rydon
2 – Jasmine Joyce
3 – d’Arcy Sadler
4 – Kelly Rowe
5 – Alisha Butchers
6 – Alice Gregory
7 – Lauren Kildare
8 – Ellie Konopka
9 – Maddy Smith
10 – Brianna Nathan
11 – Lauren Potter
12 – Lauren Meyer
13 – Courtney Munroe
14 – Hannah Jones