Rugby Sevens: Australia women’s coach Tim Walsh says all World Series events should be men’s and women’s
Australia didn’t get the finish they wanted in Sydney but are still second overall in the series. Picture: Brett Costello
AUSSIE women’s sevens coach Tim Walsh says the joint tournaments with the men is the way of the future and it’s time other countries followed suit.
Ahead of the Las Vegas leg this weekend — the third in the women’s World Series and the first time the US have held concurrent competitions — Walsh said the joint format can revitalise the sevens events.
“Dubai we had (together), Sydney was new as well and now Vegas; it just adds that little bit of freshness that all the teams need,” Walsh said.
“It’s a huge step to where it will be and needs to be and that’s a joint series with men and women and the more countries that adopt it and do it the better.
“Dubai have always done it, now Sydney and America, so follow suit everyone else.”
The women’s team heads to the US with the aim of putting a fourth-place finish at Sydney behind them.
Emma Tonegato returns to the side for the Las Vegas event. Pic: Adam Yip
Source:News Corp Australia
The Aussies still sit in second overall on 32 points despite that result, four points behind leaders the Kiwis.
But they will need to high finish in Las Vegas to hold off Sydney champions Canada, who are breathing down their neck in third place on 30 points.
Walsh said his side were still well-placed to take out the World Champions title and they just needed more finesse in their game to remain the ones to beat.
“Of course we go to every tournament to win but we’re not in a bad position, we’re in a cluster at the top there. We’ve given ourselves every opportunity to go and win the championship,” he said.
“I want to see more detail and more completion.
“We’re a fantastic team filled with world class players but if you’re not on your game then you won’t win the tournament.
Canada were surprise winners of the Sydney leg and sit just two points behind Australia in the World Series standings. Picture: Brett Costello
“It’s just that mental toughness to be able to complete attack and defence and if that’s the case. If the team performs to its best then we’re very hard to beat.”
“We take everything game by game. All we’re thinking about now is our first game in Vegas against England and complete respect to everybody.”
Australia v England — Saturday March 4 at 5.07am
Australia v Brazil — Saturday March 4 at 7.52am
Australia v New Zealand — Saturday March 4 at 10.15am
Pool matches streamed on the World Rugby — Sevens website. Finals will be televised on Fox Sports.
Originally published as Walsh: All events should be men’s and women’s