New Zealand's Portia Woodman scores a try during the women's rugby sevens match between New Zealand and Kenya at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

New Zealand's Portia Woodman scores a try during the women's rugby sevens match between New Zealand and Kenya at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

The Australian women's rugby sevens team are favourites at the Rio Olympics. But not that long ago most of them hadn't even made a tackle

8 MAR: Maryoly Gamez of Venezuela attempts to tackle Victoria Rios of Uruguay during the Aquece Rio International Womens Rugby Sevens - a test event for this summer's Olympic Games in Brazil which will run from 5-21 August - at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.  So far fewer than half of the 7.5 million tickets issued for the Games have been sold. Sales of more expensive tickets for premium events and the opening ceremony mean ticket revenues have reached 74% or $195m (139m)…

8 MAR: Maryoly Gamez of Venezuela attempts to tackle Victoria Rios of Uruguay during the Aquece Rio International Womens Rugby Sevens - a test event for this summer's Olympic Games in Brazil which will run from 5-21 August - at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. So far fewer than half of the 7.5 million tickets issued for the Games have been sold. Sales of more expensive tickets for premium events and the opening ceremony mean ticket revenues have reached 74% or $195m (139m)…

Gold medalist team Australia celebrate with their gold medal after the medal ceremony for the Women's Rugby Sevens on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic...

Gold medalist team Australia celebrate with their gold medal after the medal ceremony for the Women's Rugby Sevens on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic...

The players talk about how their different body shapes help them achieve their goals - and the sacrifices they make to perform at the highest level

The players talk about how their different body shapes help them achieve their goals - and the sacrifices they make to perform at the highest level

Australia's Chloe Dalton runs with the ball in the womens rugby sevens match between Australia and USA during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016. / AFP / Pascal GUYOT

Australia's Chloe Dalton runs with the ball in the womens rugby sevens match between Australia and USA during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016. / AFP / Pascal GUYOT

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The gold medal Gold of team Australia is displayed after the medal ceremony for…

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