Sevens tries add up to grassroots funding

There is more motivation than ever for Australian players, be it in sevens or XVs, to score a try on home soil this year.

The Australian Rugby Foundation has pledged to donate $500 to grassroots rugby and financial support for coaches nationwide every time an Australian player scores a try at this week's Sydney Sevens.

Furthermore, there are plans for "try time" to continue throughout the year into the Test season.

"Try time will start with the Sydney Sevens, but we want to do more of it," ARF executive director Peter Murphy said. "We'll probably roll this out for Wallabies Test matches in Australia.

"Every time an Australian scores a try in Australia, we will be donating money to that grassroots initiative. We're not just here to raise money, we're here to give it away.

"We want to allocate more funds so we can generate better coaching outcomes for all grassroots coaches."

With both the men's and women's sides guaranteed six games each across three days of action at Allianz Stadium, a five-figure sum is likely to be donated by the ARF.

Three tries per game from both the men and women would result in a donation of $18,000.

Former Wallaby Rod Kafer and national skills coach Mick Byrne have been educating an array of coaches, and this funding from the ARF will help the pair and others, such as national boss Michael Cheika, execute their plan of creating a more aligned coaching strategy.

Meanwhile, 80 level-three and four coaches from around the country gathered on Wednesday afternoon for a four-hour conference and hands-on session at Rugby Australia's new headquarters.

Australian men's and women's coaches Andy Friend and Tim Walsh spoke to the group and were on deck to run some technical sessions on RA's indoor field in the new building.

Another coaching conference is understood to be scheduled about the time of the Brisbane Tens tournament, held on February 9 and 10.

This story Sevens tries add up to grassroots funding first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.