Women’s Rugby in South Africa Needs Support

Via Women’s Rugby Review

Women’s rugby in need of support
Zodidi Mhlana
14 September 2007 10:35

Jocelyn Creed started playing rugby in 2002 with Villagers Rugby Club. She played Western Province rugby for three seasons. Then she was appointed to manage Villagers ladies’ team and the Western Province ladies’ team during their season.

Creed and her friends, Tally Kunz and Roby Walker, noticed the lack of attention paid to women’s rugby and opened Ntombi Rugby Academy in May last year. The academy, based in Cape Town, focuses on introducing girls to rugby and they work with 40 girls between the ages of six and 11.

In South African rugby women are allowed to join clubs only at the age of 18. Last year the women’s rugby team played in the World Cup in Canada for the first time. They lost all their games. Creed believes the reason for this is the lack of experience in the team.

“There are talented rugby players, but they do not reach the [international] standard, the gap [between South Africa and the rest of world] is very big.”

She said in New Zealand women had been playing competitive rugby since the 1970s, hence the gap in the standard.

Creed believes that women’s rugby does not get the same recognition as men’s because of typecasting. “Women are primarily facing a resistance by men in authority in rugby who believe that women should not play the game and that it is the domain of men only.

Read the rest of the article here.

Hard to believe after seeing just how dominant the Springbok men’s team were against England. The women’s team should likely be a force of their own …

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2 responses to “Women’s Rugby in South Africa Needs Support

  1. Anonymous

    As long as Women’s rugby is run by the Men’s unions, they will never get the support they deserve.

    A perfect example is the Blue Bulls rugby union. Probably the most conservative of the unions and run by Afrikaner men. They are also the only known union that do not pay their women’s players match fees, while all the other provinces do. This, while they are the union with the most resources to actually support and develop the women’s game.

    They are also the ONLY union that did not release their provincial players for the national club championships, being played from the 21st to the 24th of September in the Cape, even though they don’t pay the players.

    As a matter of fact, they have tried their utmost this year to destroy women’s rugby in Pretoria by trying to destroy the club league. They have not given ANY support, financially or otherwise, to the clubs.

    Were it not for the efforts by a few individuals at one of the clubs, ironically men, the game in Pretoria would have been dead by now.

  2. Anonymous

    it’s clear that the state of women’s rugby is not in good situation. First of all women in SARU are not even represented and that’s says women’s Rugby is not being taken serious in South Africa at all.We will never match the standard of countries such as Newzealand if the situation remains the same.

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