Emma Tonegato

Emma Tonegato made history in Rio as a part of the gold-medal winning women’s rugby sevens team in Rio. The Australian side began the tournament with big wins over Colombia (53-0) and Fiji (36-0) before Tonegato’s two tries against the USA ensured the match finished level at 12 apiece to help Australia finish top of their group and secure qualification for the quarter-finals. Victories over Spain (24-0) and Canada (17-5) followed to set up a mouth-watering gold medal clash with New Zealand. Tonegato scored the opening try of the match as Australia built a 19 point lead before eventually winning 24-17 and claiming the first Olympic rugby sevens gold medal. 

The victory capped off a massive 2016 for the team who also became the first Australian side to win the World Series after they won three of the five events on the circuit. Tonegato crossed the stripe 16 times throughout the series to finish the season as the sixth highest tryscorer.
Tonegato grew up playing touch football, transferred to rugby league and then found a home in sevens  for the 2013-14 World Series. She would have her best season to date leading into the Olympics with the outside back’s tryscoring prowess ensuring she was selected in the World Series Dream Team.

Olympic Results

2016 Rio

Rugby Sevens - Women
Pool Round COL 53-0 Win
Pool Round FIJ 36-0 Win
Pool Round USA 12-12 Draw
Semifinal 1 CAN 17-5 Win
Final NZL 24-17 Win
Quarterfinal ESP 24-0 Win
Final Placing 1 / 12