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Rugby Girls

Women's rugby is growing, but there are still gaps in the pathway from Rip Rugby, Junior Tackle to Senior tackle.

In 2024, we are running a rugby program for college-aged girls. The program will develop and mentor them through the year as they play for their respective college teams and then, in 2025, gather together to travel to Portugal for the Rugby Youth Festival Tournament.

What does this program look like?

Women's rugby is growing in participation, skill, and visibility, but there are still gaps in the pathways for girls to start and stay in the sport.

Often, girls start playing the game in their teenage years, and this can be a big step to take on a contact sport and continue with it.

Today, the number of girls playing means that teams are limited. Other sports can have five grades between the ages of 13 and 18. Girls rugby has two.

When it comes to leaving school and going to clubs, it's common that the only option is the open women's team, and that can be a big step up.

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Program Approach

The program is for girls who wish to learn, play, and develop their rugby. This may be their first year, or they may have a few years of rugby behind them or want to return to playing the game.

Each month, we will come together to:
Learn aspects of the game from concepts, how we learn, balancing our lives and keeping alive the reason we play and enjoy the game to start with.
Plan our fundraising and trip and support each of us to get there.
Train as a team, creating our own game style and how to work as small teams to create large results.

Outside of the group environment, we help players individually with their rugby development. When they want to improve a skill or if they are having trouble in some area, we will be there to help guide them through and keep them engaged.

The BIg Dance

In April 2025, we will travel to Portugal to play in the Rugby Youth Festival tournament.

This tournament attracts 120 teams, and it will be in its 17th year, where we will be entering the 15-a-side U19 Girls competition.

This will be our time to come together as one group of like-minded players, playing together and experiencing the unique environment of a travelling sports team.

The tour will start by landing in France, where we will travel to play a warm-up match. From there, we will travel to Lisbon and the tournament, where we will pair up with a 'sister' team.

With our sister team, we will meet a whole new group of like-minded girls from another part of the world. We will look to train, share a meal and look to support each other during the tournament.

Meet the Team

Coaches
Julie Bartlett

Physio

Julie has spent most of her career supporting rugby teams including the North Harbour Womens team.

Melaine Puckett
Melaine Puckett

Player Mentor

Having advice and guidance from one of the best Blues players will be invaluable.

Darrin Robertson

Program Leader

This program and tour is made from all the best experiences I have had in my career.

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Players

This is not a rep team but girls that want to learn and play the game.

Our Community Supporters

Kooka burra

Supplying V-Shock mouth guards for each team member

Kookaburra Support

Tavern Raffles

Donation to cover our start up and running costs

Tavern Raffels

Gallagher Group

Thanks to the Gallagher Group for supplying us with water bottles.

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