Junior Girls Rugby is live and strong amongst the 18 Junior Clubs in Wellington. With the 2019 season hitting a record 709 girls registered under the age of (13), Wellington has one of the biggest junior girl player bases in the New Zealand Rugby Community.
There are several ways for girls in the Wellington region to experience and play rugby. Some clubs offer a nursery grade for our U5 players which is the beginning of their rugby playing journey. They then move on to U6 and U7 grades which introduce rugby through its non-contact form of rippa rugby. This teaches the key skills of running rugby without the tackle. From there a number of rugby skills development modules are run throughout the year. These are 'girls only' events which enable the girls to learn fundamental rugby skills, tackle technique and build confidence in a fun and safe environment; it also provides opportunity for friendships to form, something that can be a challenge for those in teams filled with boys.
Grades available for the 2020 season are:
* U6 & U7 Rippa Rugby (non-contact)
* U8/U9 Combined RipRugby (non-contact)
* U10/U11 Combined RipRugby (non-contact)
* U8-U13 Tackle Rugby (contact)
2020 'GIRLS ONLY' DAYS
Thursday 23rd April – Player Development Session (all ages) 5.00-7.00pm @ Kilbirnie Park
Sunday 31st May – Player Development Session (all ages) 12.00-2.00pm @ Fraser Park
Sunday 28th June – Player Development Session (all ages) 12.00-2.00pm @ Helston Park
9th August 2020 - Junior Girls Festival Day (all ages) 11.00-3.00pm @ Petone Rec
Check back here for further details closer to the event dates.
U12 Girls Teams for Taupo 2020 – Two teams to travel to Taupo for the National Rugby Festival. Eligibility is aged not ability based. For more information you can check out the registration form HERE
U12/13 Y9 Camp – This will be held weekend of 2-4th October. The idea of this camp is to help support girls through the transition to college. Focus of this camp will largely be about off field development and granting girls the access to tools that will help them continue to engage through college and begin to develop relationships to support this also.
For girls at college the numbers here are also growing. If the college you attend is currently unable to field a team contact our Women’s Rugby Development Manager and we will attempt to facilitate an arrangement with an alternative college to accommodate these players. With the continued growth of female rugby we anticipate the expansion of college rugby grades available.
IN SCHOOL SESSIONS
For those girls who play other sports but wouldn't mind a taste of rugby, our Women’s Rugby Development Manager is available to provide in school sessions. This provides an introduction to the sport without the commitment to a team or club. These sessions will be designed to meet the needs of the school and player.
For regular updates on what is happening in the world of female rugby check out our Juniors, Wellington Junior Girls and Womens Rugby Facebook pages.
If any of the information on here has grabbed your attention please contact:
WRFU Women’s Rugby Development Manager
Ph: 021 061 8033
WRFU Junior Rugby Administrator
Ph: 021 527 678