Pokolbin tournament attracts women rugby sevens’ drawcards Yasmin Meakes, Lauren Brown, Alicia Quirk, Charlotte Caslick, Dom du Toit and Demi Hayes

Regular visitor to the Upper Hunter Charlotte Caslick during a recent trip to Scone.
Regular visitor to the Upper Hunter Charlotte Caslick during a recent trip to Scone.

A NUMBER of Australia’s outstanding female rugby union players will visit Pokolbin in early next month for the Foxtel Touch 7s competition.

Pokolbin Rugby Union Club president Jerome Scarborough said the tournament was a highlight on the club’s calendar and he expected a big crowd to attend the season-ending event.

“We have Australia’s star women rugby 7s players in Yasmin Meakes, Lauren Brown, Alicia Quirk, Charlotte Caslick (a regular visitor to Scone), Dom du Toit and Demi Hayes making an appearance,” he explained.

“It’s a great coup for the Pokolbin Reds in attracting such experienced players who will be signing autographs and chatting about their experience in playing at the highest level of women's rugby sevens.”

The Foxtel Touch 7s will be played at St Philip's Grounds, Nulkaba, between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on Friday, December 7.

The tournament is a mixed teams’ event.

And, the December 7 round is the last in the competition before the winners are announced on the evening.

Scarborough said the six Australian players would not be playing in the competition as they will have just returned from playing in the Dubai 7s.

“The girls have kindly agreed to come to our tournament as a promotion for the Pokolbin club while visiting the Hunter Valley,” he added.

“We’re hoping their attendance will help attract a big crowd to the Foxtel Touch 7s and create interest in those young boys and girls who would like to play rugby.”

Quirk (24 caps) and Caslick (23 caps) are two of the better-known Australian women 7s players who will fly back from Dubai for the Pokolbin tournament. 

The Dubai 7s is being played between November 29 and December 1 and is attracting more than 300 teams from around the world with the Australian women’s side one of the favourites for the title.