Head Coach Announced for UQ Team in Historic Women’s University Sevens Series
15th March 2017
Story by Nic Darveniza
The University of Queensland Rugby Football Club have today announced Reg Tayler will lead the charge at the inaugural Women’s University Sevens Series as the head coach of the University of Queensland side.
Tayler joins the University coaching staff from the Queensland Rugby Union, where he has served in various roles since 2011 and most recently as participation manager for Queensland.
With a strong background in player development, honed by back-to-back National Championship wins as Queensland U17 Youth Girls coach in 2015-16, Tayler is excited to take the reins at St Lucia.
“I’ve been working in Rugby for eight years now, from Scotland to North Queensland and finally back home in Brisbane,” Tayler said.
“Along the way I’ve coached women’s sevens the entire time and that’s something that I’ve had a keen interest in all the way through.
“It’s the fastest growing avenue for Rugby in Australia and it’s a highly rewarding coaching role when you can see the skill progression accelerating so quickly”.
Through six years at the QRU, Tayler has been heavily involved in the formation of development pathways which have produced the majority of Australia’s National players, including Olympic champions Charlotte Caslick and Dominique du Toit.
“My skill set is 100% the developing of young footy players and creating environments that enable them to take the next step.
“This footy comp is going to have some players who are not as developed as some others but it’s definitely an advantage to be able to build off the strong pre-existing base with the UQ Women’s program and not have to start from scratch with an entire group.”
Tayler says creating more opportunities to play at a representative-level will broaden the horizons of Women’s Rugby across the country as a stepping stone into the Australian system.
While not yet finalised, the Women’s University Sevens Series takes inspiration from the University-centric models of Japan and the United States in developing an elite domestic competition.