Bowral Rugby welcomes girls and women’s teams to 2017 Season

Bowral Blacks Rugby Club are proud to be announce they will be welcoming girls and womens rugby in 2017.

With the support of NSW Rugby, the Club plans to submit both girls and boys teams to participate in a Friday Night 7s series in February / March next year.

While the junior boys will move to the XV’s format for their regular season, it’s planned that the girls will play a “7 weeks of 7s” competition, being seven 7s tournaments involving clubs from around the Illawarra district, played between April and August 2017, with a likely grand final series in September.

With its recent return to the Olympics, Rugby 7’s is now one of the fastest growing sports in the world. In particular the Australian Women’s team gold medal at Rio is inspiring girls and women across the country to take up rugby 7s,.

This approach will set up the Blacks girls teams for the Southern Highlands 7s and NSW State Championships in October 2017.

There will also be specific playing kit designed for the girls.

Mark Freund, Bowral Rugby Club President said, “The Club is delighted to be able to offer rugby 7s to girls in the Highlands. This commitment to equality in sport is another step towards making rugby accessible for everyone at a grass roots level.”

“The recent gold medal win by the Australian women’s rugby 7s team at the Rio Olympics has inspired many young people to play rugby 7s and we are proud to be able to offer a great rugby experience to local girls across the Highlands.”

Bowral Blacks are taking expressions of interest now for girls interested in joining the club and playing next year. All interested players should email Ross Webster at ross.webster@bowralrugby.com.au.