Throughout the entire month of September, Oceania Rugby will celebrate the achievements of Women in Rugby to inspire the next generation - both on and off the field - to pick up a Rugby ball and enjoy everything that the game has to offer.
Themed, ‘Women in Rugby…Respect’, the month will showcase, celebrate and acknowledge girls and women across the game, all of whom deserve respect for their courage and contributions as elite rugby players, community participants including young girls, coaches, officials, volunteers, sport administrators and leaders. The very best of Oceania’s women in rugby across the region, will be celebrated.
Respect for girls and women in all aspects of their sport of choice is vital to increasing engagement and normalising girls and women in rugby. So, the September campaign will focus on heightening respect and engaging new audiences.
Four webinars will be held during September celebrating the achievements of Women in Rugby to inspire the next generation, both on and off the field, to enjoy everything that the game has to offer. Registration is free and open to fans, players, coaches, match officials, administrations and those interested in getting involved.
Tuesday 7 September: The Olympic Experience
Featuring Olympic heroes from Australia, Fiji and New Zealand and critical off-field leaders who are pivotal in teams achieving success.
Olympic heroes Sharni Williams, Rusilla Nagasau and Shiray Kaka discuss the highs and lows of an Olympic year. Joining them are the women off the field who are pivotal in teams achieving success including Black Ferns team manager Toni Young, Aussie match official Tyler Miller and Fijian Physiotherapist Jennifer Khalik.
Thursday 16 September: Navigating the Coach Pathway
Highlighting coaching pathways through the experience of national and provincial coaches.
Saiasi Fuli, Gareth Baber (Fiji), Elenoa Kunatuba (Tuvalu), Moana Virtue (Australia) and Filoi Eneliko (Samoa), share their coaching journeys, thoughts on coaching women in rugby, and share advice to aspiring coaches.
Thursday 23 September: Women in Rugby Leadership – Success stories to learn from
Hear from those who are involved in rugby governance from a provincial, national and regional perspective.
Ana Tuiketei (Fiji), Ashleigh Wihongi-Willis (Cook Islands), Tonia Cawood (New Zealand), and Libby Nankivell (Australia) are all leading the way in their respective provincial, national and regional unions.
Tuesday 28 September: Women’s Rugby Strength & Conditioning
Gain insight into the Strength & Conditioning coach’s role within a women’s team and what the future of Strength & Conditioning looks like in Women’s Rugby.
Showcased by Fiji's Strength and Conditioning Coach, Naca Cawanibuka.
Meet the Panellists: here
National Unions within Oceania are joining the campaign in delivering local girls and women’s focused clinics, festivals, education courses, and sharing stories of their local Women in Rugby champions. For more information about Member Union activity click here.
Are you interested in getting involved, want to celebrate someone involved in Women's Rugby or tell us about an upcoming activity? Simply send us an email.