Posts Tagged ‘Womensrugby’

Deutschland (Südauswahl) vs Belgien

März 20, 2012

Bilder und Spielbericht

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März 14, 2012

„The key to this working is the low-level 10s tournaments which these new players get to experience as their introduction to the games, not being flung into inter-university level 15s games from the start.“


Januar 18, 2012

Das Maedchenrugby ist leider noch eine vernachlaessigte Groesse in Deutschland. Wir wuerden uns freuen, wenn sich hier eine Vernetzung (in den Verbaenden und deutschlandweit) ergaebe.
Frauen, die im Schulrugby, auf Vereinsebene etc mit Maedchenrugby befasst sind, koennten sich zB ueber eine eigene Mailingliste, ein Forum oder eine Webseite austauschen und im Nah- und Fernbereich reine Maedchenteams gemeinsam trainieren und gegen einander spielen lassen.
Die Maedchen sind unsere Zukunft!
Auf der Arbeitstagung der DRF am 28.1. in Duisburg wird es dazu erste Gespraeche geben.

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Warum kommt mir das bekannt vor?

November 27, 2011

„And to top things off during the RWC when Jacques Rogge attended the NZOC`s 100th anniversary with 7s exhibition games, the NZRFU told the media they were looking at crossover athletes because they didn`t believe there was enough talent within rugby`s own ranks. I just about had an apopletic fit!! Talk about dismissing all the hard work that coaches and administrators of womens rugby like myself have put in the last 15-20 years and dismissing any idea that they had to actually build girls rugby and create dreams of Olympic gold for high school girls in NZ. Sorry, you`re not good enough. We`re going to take a bunch of netballers or triathletes cos we think they`ve got more potential.“

[FYI] „Gender Equality and Women’s Rugby“

Februar 8, 2010

The main question is, „Is there such a thing at all?“. The answer is of course NO. This is one of the biggest obstacles for the development of the women’s game worldwide. The perfect example is the team from Tukkies. Despite their performances even on the international stage, they receive no support from the University rugby club, or from the Blue Bulls Rugby union. Even after finishing in the top four (official placing of equal third) in the International Invitational Women’s competition in Dubai in 2009, their budget is still the same as last year, ZERO. The only positive was that the University (not the University Sports Club), contributed a portion of the costs to allow the players to go to Dubai. (Even the US national women’s team had to contribute to their own air-fares!)

The women put in a lot of work and they don’t get rewarded for their efforts. In 2009 the Tuks ladies team started practice in early January. The girls had practice session of one and a half hours each, two or three times a week up to the beginning of December and none of that was rewarded the unions or the clubs. At the same time they also have no privileges regarding gymnasium work and it is only a few that can afford a gym membership. Which also means that the time they spend on the training pitch must include all aspects of conditioning, skills, strategy, etc. While these girls have to work to be able to live.

Every year the girls also hear the same empty promises from the union, that „conditions will change“, that they „will look after the players“, that they „will get something in return for the efforts they put in“. But the sad truth is clearly evident in the „Blue Bulls Strategic Plan – 2009-2013“, as taken „as is“ from their website that there is no workable plan to actually address the inequality. The saddest part of this is that this „strategic plan“ is supposed to be for the period up to 2013, which means we can expect absolutely no changes up to then. It is also clear that women are excluded from the „high performance group“ and the only functioning high performance group in women’s rugby is actually run and funded by the coaches of the Tukkies Women’s team in their personal capacity. The coaches pay out of their own pockets for the players transport to and from practices. The coaches pay for other expenses that include training kit and equipment, and transport cost to and from events. If they are lucky the Tukkies women’s team receive ONE set of jerseys from the club in a year.

At the same time the IRB and national sporting bodies are making a huge hoo-haa about the sevens game being included in the Olympic Games in 2016, they appear to do very little to promote the women’s game. In the Las Vegas International women’s event, the women’s games are being played on a pitch to the side and only the final is played on the main ground! Even in Dubai, in the UAE, which is supposed to be a predominantly Islamic nation, the women get more exposure on the main pitch.

What is also very evident, is the general negative vibe from the men at the union and club after the achievements of the Tuks Ladies team. The fact that the team was able to perform, as a club team on the international stage, with a ZERO budget appears to be a huge problem in some quarters. What was actually amazing was the exact opposite and positive responses from the international men’s sevens teams in Dubai, where positive feedback came from the South African and the Fiji men’s teams.

So, we have to ask, „where is the problem then?“. As it appears that the public and the men’s players accept the participation of women readily. Why are the women then struggling to find support from the administrators. Does the problem lie with the clubs, or the provincial unions, or is it with the national union, or could the problem start at the top, with the IRB? At this stage however there is a lot of finger pointing, but not one single body prepared to take the responsibility. The club blames the union, the union blames the club and the national body, etc, etc… Maybe we should let an „Equality Court“ decide?

Taken from the website of a top women’s rugby university team (Tukkies) in South Africa –