Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Sharnia[euro][TM]s Rapt in the Green and Gold, muma[euro][TM]s So Proud

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Sharnia[euro][TM]s Rapt in the Green and Gold, muma[euro][TM]s So Proud

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Nic Falconer

nic.falconer@dailymercury.com.au

RUGBY UNION: Mackayas Gayle Williams is so proud of her daughter Sharni, who will lead the Australian womenas rugby union sevens team in London and Holland this week a but it all could have been so different.

aI didnat want her to play rugby, she was so little,a said mum Gayle.

aBut she always said she would wear the green and gold, ever since she was eight years old.a

So hockey it had to be for 25-year-old Williams, who grew up in the small town of Batlow, NSW where there are more apples than people, and no rugby competition.

A move to Canberra for better work opportunities landed her a job as an apprentice mechanic.

It was the catalyst for Williams to play rugby; who then made her Australian Wallaroos debut in 2008 and was recruited as a sevens player in 2010.

aI always wanted to play rugby league when I was little,a said Williams, from London. aAnd my mum wouldnat let me; she always said hockey was rough enough for me, so when I was old enough to make my own choices and at 20 I decided to play rugby. …

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