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Karmichael Hunt re-signs with Rugby Australia and Queensland Reds

Wallabies back Karmichael Hunt has re-signed until the end of 2019, after putting pen to paper on a two year deal with Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds. Hunt became the 48th dual code Australia International earlier this year, after making his Wallabies debut against Fiji in Melbourne.

The 30-year old now has five Test caps to his name, to add to his 11 appearances for Australia in Rugby League as well as 10 games of State of Origin for Queensland. 

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Two debutants join Aussie Men’s Sevens squad to kick off massive year of Rugby Sevens

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has been named for the HSBC Sevens World Series leg in Dubai with the latest signings to the team, Maurice Longbottom and Ben O’Donnell to earn their first Australian Sevens caps.

Longbottom was confirmed with the Australian Sevens program until the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games this week and his fine form in pre-season has been rewarded with selection in round one.

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Queensland lead the charge at National Sevens Championships

The Queensland sides have dominated the opening day of the National Sevens Championship at Epsom Huntley Reserve in Bendigo today, with all of the four Queensland sides going undefeated across the Men’s and Women’s Championships.

In the Women’s Competition NSW Blue and the ACT also performed strongly to ensure a top four position and in the Men’s Championship Defence Rugby and NSW also secured a top four berth.  

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KPMG and LET join forces to develop education programme for female tour Pros

KPMG and the Ladies European Tour (LET) have committed to work together to produce a new resource that will give the LET members access to high quality educational material so that they can continue to invest in their own personal development whilst competing on the tour.

Introducing the idea, Mike Round, Director of Development for the LET said: “We believe we have a duty of care to the membership, so we are working with KPMG to develop a resource that will promote the benefits of lifelong learning. All the evidence suggests that a good understanding of dual careers can actually improve performance, help players to enjoy long and productive careers in the sport, and help them to prepare for when their playing careers come to an end. In addition, a number of studies suggest that a continued involvement in educational activity can help elite athletes avoid mental health problems.” 

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Mali to make Bok Women’s Sevens debut in Dubai

Unathi Mali will make her Springbok Women’s Sevens debut in Dubai in the opening leg of the 2017/2018 HSBC Women’s Sevens Series from 30 November to 1 December in one of three changes to coach Renfred Dazel team’s that secured the Rugby Africa Sevens title in Tunisia in September.

The tournament victory also earned them a place in the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco. 

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