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Rugby 7s, Rugby Union

Total investment 2014–15: $1,926,000 (high performance: $1,040,000; participation: $666,000; other: $220,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 2%
Australian Rugby Union's (ARU) 7s program has been rated as progressing (men) and on track (women). The women’s and men’s teams improved significantly in the 2014 International Rugby Board (IRB) series. The women’s team finished second to world champions New Zealand, and the team’s 2–2 win/loss record in finals makes them a gold medal prospect for Rio 2016. The men’s team won a bronze medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and are improving; however, they will need to continue this trajectory to meet their Rio medal expectations.

There were significant leadership changes to the ARU’s 7s program during 2014. A men’s coach was recruited before Glasgow for the new role of national director of Australian 7s and men’s 7s head coach. These changes have provided greater direction and involvement for the 7s program staff. Since centralising both programs in January 2014, the teams have improved in all areas.

The AIS assisted ARU 7s with a performance preparation review to identify gaps to becoming world class in this new environment. These outcomes are being implemented by ARU 7s to fully utilise the opportunities of centralisation. At the end of 2014 the program replaced the lead men’s strength and conditioning coach and rehabilitation specialist, as well as recruiting lead physiotherapists for both the men’s and women’s programs.

AIS and ARU 7s have started an AIS Talent Transfer program, which is looking for new female talent to feed the program. The ARU has also expanded competitions and coach development areas since last year.

The AIS/Competitive Innovation-funded RF tracking instruments have been installed. The program is now positioned to study the tactical and physical aspects of the game, benefitting the Australian players in Narrabeen and visiting nations as they seek a greater understanding of the demands of the game and the gaps to world class.

The ARU had a governance review conducted in 2012 and has continued to work towards adopting the recommendations. It is performing well in adopting the ASC’s mandatory sports governance principles and with further changes will meet the benchmark standard.

2014 benchmark event // IRB series (men)

Medal target: -

Non-medal target achieved: Y

2014 benchmark event // IRB series (women)

Medal target: -

Non-medal target achieved: Y

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