Zimbabwe-born women’s rugby star Dominique Du Toit’s profile continues to grow globally after playing a key role in Australia’s dominant start to the new season on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.
Du Toit is the latest female rugby player with Zimbabwean roots to make an impact on the global stage recently, along with Panashe Muzambe, who four years ago became the first black woman to represent Scotland in international rugby.
Born in Marondera before moving to Queensland at a young age, Du Toit joined the Australia’s women’s Rugby Sevens programme at the start of 2015 after a series of stunning performances at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing.
The 26 year-old star has since established herself as an integral member of the senior Australian women’s side which is off to a perfect start on the new sevens season.
Du Toit and her teammates recently followed up their Dubai title with another in Cape Town.
The Australia women’s rugby sevens side remained undefeated in the 2023-24 season, winning by an average margin of 30 points in Cape Town on their way to the final against France which they comfortably won 45-12.
The World Sevens Series will return in January 2024, when the world’s best head to Australia for the Perth Sevens between January 26-28.
It will be another opportunity for Du Toit to enjoy further success with her adopted nation as they look to continue their dominance in the lead up to the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Since her international breakthrough at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics Du Toit has also represented Australia at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
She also competed at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
Du Toit made her debut for the Australian sevens team at the 2016 USA Women’s Sevens in Atlanta.
Additionally she was named on the Australian squad for the 2016 Olympics as a reserve player.
Du Toit was named in the Australia squad for the Rugby sevens at the 2020 Summer Olympics.