They’re Olympic gold medal-winning pioneers now, but there’s a good chance you don’t know much about the players that make up the Australian women’s rugby 7s team.

After defeating New Zealand 24-17 on Monday night (Rio time), all eyes are on them.

Women’s rugby 7s was only made professional in Australia in 2014; following the announcement that the sport would become a world-first Olympics event event in Rio, back in 2009.

Like in other women’s sports, many of these players have juggled careers and study while becoming top athletes. Some players are relatively new to rugby 7s, poached by rugby officials from other sports to create a world-beating Olympics team. These are their stories. Read more…

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The stories behind the women: meet the world’s first gold medal-winning rugby 7s team