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Get into Rugby PLUS
Get into Rugby PLUS is a flagship Sport for Development program that embeds life skills learning with rugby to promote positive behaviour, gender equality, and prevent violence. 
About Get into Rugby PLUS

Get into Rugby PLUS is jointly developed and implemented by Oceania Rugby, Fiji Rugby Union, Samoa Rugby Union, UN Women and ChildFund Rugby. 

Get into Rugby PLUS is co-funded by the Australian Government’s Team Up initiative through its partnership with Rugby Australia and Oceania Rugby; by UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office, through the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership), funded primarily by the European Union, with targeted support from the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, with support from UN Women; and ChildFund Rugby.

Building on World Rugby’s Get Into Rugby initiative, and Fiji and Samoa's favourite sport, girls and boys in the program benefit from involvement in fun, progressive team activities led by trained coaches who model the values of inclusion and diversity, and create safe playing environments.

Integrated life skills learning components engage players in processes of critical thinking and reflection around issues of respectful relationships, gender stereotypes and violence to build the knowledge, confidence and resilience. The curriculum uses rugby’s values of integrity, solidarity, respect, discipline and passion as its foundation. Get into Rugby PLUS commits to 50% male and female Coaches and Players as a strategy to challenge and normalise females in both leadership roles and as players in the sport and supports regional initiatives to build gender equality and prevent violence against women, girls and boys.

Developed specifically for communities within the Pacific region, the curriculum has been adapted from ChildFund Rugby’s award-winning Sport for Development program, Pass It Back.

The program is making a positive impact on both players and its coaches. Monitoring shows that girls and boys are proactively promoting gender equality and reducing the use of violence in their lives, they now have greater knowledge and support to identify, reduce and report harassment and violence. Many coaches assert the transformative influence the program has had upon them, and have become proactive change agents for gender equality and ending violence.

It [Get into Rugby PLUS] has had such a great impact on my outlook in life. I had to change in order for this program to work. It has made me a better husband and father. I get to teach my players something that was never taught to me growing up. As they will grow up they will be that positive change our challenging Fiji needs right now.
Usaia LokiGIR PLUS Fiji Coach & Educator
Get into Rugby PLUS in Fiji

Get into Rugby PLUS Fiji commenced in 2018 with 20 coaches reaching over 300 girls and boys. In 2020, over 500 players benefitted under the leadership of 32 trained coaches. The program continues to expand and strengthen.

The program is making a positive impact on both players and its coaches. Monitoring shows that girls and boys are proactively promoting gender equality and reducing the use of violence in their lives, they now have greater knowledge and support to identify, reduce and report harassment and violence. Many coaches assert the transformative influence the program has had upon them, and have become proactive change agents for gender equality and ending violence.

Get into Rugby PLUS in Samoa

Get into Rugby PLUS Samoa commenced in 2021 with 20 coaches working with 12-16 year old secondary school boys and girls.

Get into Rugby PLUS Partners

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Oceania UN Women
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Fiji Rugby Logo
Samoa 7s Crest
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Partners

Oceania Australian Aid Logo
New Zealand Logo
European Union Logo
Rugby AU Logo
Oceania Team Up

Learn more about our Sport for Development Partners here Get into Rugby PLUS Media

Get into Rugby PLUS FIji National Coordinator Lavenia Yalovi is seeing a rapid change in attitude towards females playing sport.
Yalovi setting down a marker for future generations of females to follow
A change is going to come: Women in Rugby…Respect month fuelling women’s Rugby rise in Oceania
First Get Into Rugby Plus Samoa Coaches Graduate
Celebrating International Day of Sports for Development and Peace
Get Into Rugby PLUS: To Help Rugby Coaches Promote Gender Equality & Prevention of VAWG
GIR PLUS Program showcases a Change in Attitudes and Behaviours according to Program Results
Kitiana Kaitu a Get into Rugby PLUS Coach & Educator presenting during a coach training session
Western and Central division coaches merge rugby and life skills for youth players