Official HSBC Sevens World Series – Australia’s playmaker on Cruz control

When she’s not carving up defences with her pace and guile from fly half, De la Cruz works as a programme manager for indigenous engagement at Palmerston Girls Academy, just outside Darwin.

For these youngsters in Australia’s Northern Territory, sport – and athletes such as De la Cruz – is a source of inspiration. The 31-year-old takes the responsibility of being an Aboriginal role model in her stride.

“It’s not added pressure – there’s always pressure (when representing Australia),” she says. “I love to get out to the community, and they’re always expecting you to perform.

“I think I’ve proven myself in rugby and, as far as being an Aboriginal player, a lot of the indigenous community supports me. Our programme is about engagement through sport.”

viaOfficial HSBC Sevens World Series – Australia’s playmaker on Cruz control.

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