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Women's Rugby a Force in the Bay of Plenty

Thursday, April 20, 2017
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Sports Talk with Bay of Plenty Rugby Union CEO Mike Rogers on Women's Rugby and how it is fast becoming a dominant part of rugby within the Bay of Plenty.

From Rippa Rugby to Women’s Representative rugby and everything in between, there has been a huge growth in rugby as it now becomes a sport of choice for girls and women alike. The numbers of participants at both club and school level continue to grow rapidly. Now with the inclusion of not just Rippa Rugby but the introduction of Quick Rip in both Secondary and Intermediate Schools, it gives girls and young women the opportunity to participate in a fun and interactive sport.

Just this week we’ve held our Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Holiday programme featuring a girls’ only day. This initiative is about growing the game and allowing girls the opportunity to develop their skills and have fun in an all-girls environment. Following the programmes establishment last year we have more than doubled the number of girls participating and we hope that it will inspire them to take up the sport and aspire to be Bay of Plenty Volcanix or Black Ferns players.

From Junior Rugby to Secondary Schools Rugby the pathway continues to provide opportunities for girls’ to be involved and grow their rugby knowledge. At the recent North Island Secondary School Sevens Tournament in Rotorua, the Rotorua Girls High School Under 15 side took out the U15 Girls Open section. These teams’ now transition to fifteen aside rugby. The Bay of Plenty Secondary School Girls’ 15 aside Competition provides the opportunity for novices of the sport to continue to develop in a separate Development grade, but gives the more experienced and skilled players’ the chance to prosper in the Premier competition. We are excited to see the competition grow with a record number of 15 teams confirmed to kick off the season on the 10 May.

With the increase in participation with our Women’s Club Rugby over the Sevens season it is pleasing to see this flow into our Club Rugby season where we will see new teams Rangataua and Whakarewarewa join the Baywide 15 aside competition alongside Te Whanau Apanui, Waimana, Rangiuru, Rotoiti and Waikite. The upcoming Baywide Club Rugby Women’s pre-season tournament to be held on Sunday 30 April at Whakarewarewa Rugby Club will provide teams with a competitive hit out and spectators will be treated to an abundance of rugby action ahead of the start of the competition on Sunday 7 May.

Following our local competitions’ we will have our Volcanix Women’s team and Bay of Plenty Secondary School Girls team proudly representing the Bay of Plenty Region as they take on the best in the Country.

I encourage you to get along and watch first-hand the amazing female athletes as they represent their school, club or region. You won’t be disappointed!

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