Rugby retains Levi sisters for Paris tilt

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Rugby Australia has secured two of its biggest drawcards for a Paris gold medal tilt.

Sisters Maddison and Teagan Levi signed extensions on Wednesday to remain with Australia's rugby sevens program until at least the 2024 Games, shutting the door on a potential return to AFLW.

That was where the Gold Coast pair both announced their talents to begin their professional sporting careers.

But, after being lured away on Rugby Australia contracts, their roles in the triple-crown success of Australia's women's rugby sevens team this year have catapulted them to new heights.

Eldest sister Maddison, 20, emerged as one of the side's new stars to rejuvenate them after a limp defence of Rio's Olympic gold in Tokyo last year.

Named rookie of the year at this year's World Series title run, Levi also scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final win and combined with sister Teagan, 19, on the way to Commonwealth Games gold.

"The dynamic duo entertain both on and off the field, and form a lethal combination," coach Tim Walsh said.

"They have so much untapped potential – I'm excited to see how they develop over the next two years."

Their commitment is a win for rugby given the lure of vastly expanded AFLW and NRLW in recent seasons.

But they've emerged as fierce advocates for the code and now have their sights set on Paris's 2024 campaign.

"I'm really excited; we've grown so much together over the past season and there's so much more to come," Maddison Levi said.

"The experiences that the sevens provide for us are second to none.

"To be able to set our sights on the Olympics is unbelievably special ... travel around the world and compete in incredible locations for six months of the year is so surreal – I just can't believe I get to do this as my job."


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