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Girls Rugby, the State of Play

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The United Nations has marked October 11th as the International Day of the Girl which aims to highlight and promote girls’ empowerment.

NSW Rugby Union has identified girls rugby as a critical component towards growing the game.

Examples of girl’s rugby in NSW growing include

- Newport, Dee Why, Narrabeen, Collaroy and Hunters Hill boasting up to twenty U6 and U7 girls
- Sydney Junior Rugby Union has gone from six clubs to 14 clubs in the Sydney girl’s competition OR IS IT WOMENS???
- The 2017 Sydney Women’s Rugby 7s series saw 12 clubs including Hunters Hill, Hornsby, Pride 7s and UNSW who are new to women’s rugby.

There is a strong push to establish clear pathways for girls to achieve their rugby dreams and realise their sporting potential is the sport for them.

Three higher profile competitions include the Jack Scott Cup, the Chikarovski Cup and the Nationals Championships.

For over 20 years, the Jack Scott Cup has been Sydney’s weekly women’s 15 a side competition and has provided Australia with some of its finest Wallaroos including Ash Hewson (Sydney University), Nicky Wicket (West Harbour) and Tui Ormsby (Warringah).

The Warringah Ratettes claimed the 2017 Jack Scott trophy over Sydney University in a tight match, 21-17.

The Chikarovski Cup was introduced in 2017 with the aim to provide NSW women a taste of representative rugby and help facilitate the transition from club to national level.

Sydney Rays were the inaugural winners of the 2017 Chikarovski Cup after defeating the Greater Sydney Rams and NSW Country Eagles.

Currently the annual Nationals Women’s Championships is the pinnacle of women’s rugby in Australia played over three days against state based sides.

In the last four consecutive years, the NSW Sydney side has claimed victory proving difficult to beat for the prize of National Champions.

A strong focus for NSW Rugby is the connection of schools to local clubs.

NSW Rugby Union Female Development Officer, Caitlin Aquilina says “more and more schools are introducing girls to rugby which creates another pathway for girls to start their journey in rugby.”

“Rugby for both girls and women are both growing significantly in NSW with more opportunities appearing in all facets of the game.”

“Girls get to enjoy the game of rugby and also learn the values and behaviours of rugby in NSW specifically.”

The 2017 NSW Rugby Union Awards night was in Sydney earlier this year recognised women who have contributed significantly to rugby in NSW.

The following four women received awards for hard work both on and off the field:
- Marboony Volkman (NSW Rugby Female Community Coach of the Year)
- Rebecca Yeomans (NSW Rugby Volunteer of the Year – youth)
- Victoria Latu (NSW Women’s Player of the Year)
- Layne Morgan (Spirit of Rugby Award – Girls Player of the Year)

If you would like to find out more about girls in rugby please contact Caitlin Aquilina via

To learn more about the United Nations International Day of the Girl please click here.


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