Established in 1996, College Girls Rugby in the Wellington Region continues to show growth with 18 teams entered in 2016, and exciting things on the horizon for 2017. 2016 saw the introduction of our first 15 aside competition, a very exciting addition to an already strong 12 aside and 10 aside competitions in the U8 Grade. In 2017 we look to grow the U18 competition and establish an U15 program with the following initiatives.
U18 Girls Rugby
College Girls Rugby: Just like the one run in 2016, this will be a full contact competition. Preferably with teams playing 15 aside, but will accommodate 10 and 12 aside if necessary.
College Girls 7s: Again, like the competition run in 2016. This is a full contact 7s competition that runs late in the school year. It includes the Condor Qualifying tournament.
Wanganui 7s Experience: If you haven’t heard of this you need to get your girls involved! A fun and development focused trip to participate in a one day tournament in Wanganui, alongside several other provincial teams. This tournament caters to those who have no rugby experience but would love to give it a go.
Maori Girls Camp: Details around this are TBC, check in every now and then to find updates.
U15 Girls Rugby
College Girls Competition: This is the ideal for WRFU and CSW – having an U15 grade which plays alongside and mirrors the U18 grade. 2017 may not be the year for it but everything else put in place will help us work toward this end goal.
College Girls Quick Rip: A new and innovative version of 7s which takes away the contact zone. This is a great place for girls to start playing, helping them learn the key skills and set pieces of rugby without having to tackle.
Quick Rip for Everyone: Like the previous initiative, however this option will be turned to if Colleges find they have a few players but not enough to field their own teams. Girls will be invited to turn up to a central venue after school and will be put into teams for a bit of competition, fun and skill development.
Wanganui 7s Experience: Just like the U18 section, there is also an U15 section for this great tournament. This is the perfect place to start the girls who aren’t too sure if they want to play or not. Fun and development are the goals for this trip and anyone who wants to go can go, we don’t trial or ‘select’ teams.
Girls Hurricanes Rugby Festival: A great initiative put together by WRFU, CSW, and NZRU. 2016 was our first festival which ran over 2 days of playing and development. The festival focus means this is not a competitive tournament, it is focused on enjoyment and giving the game a go. Schools from within and outside of the Wellington Region are welcome to attend!
One of the great successes of Wellington School Girls Rugby is, St Mary’s College. In just two years they have built a strong rugby program which boasts 2 U18 teams, one 15 aside, one 10 aside, and potentially a third team for 2017. There real success comes in the form of their 7s team who represented Wellington at the National Condors Tournament and came out victors over Hamilton Girls with a 19-17 win, making them Wellington’s first ever female champions at the tournament. From here, St Mary’s have been invited to the Sanix International Schools Rugby Festival in April 2017.
Last, but definitely not least, is our U18 representative program, the pinnacle of our College rugby program. Girls are nominated from their College team and are picked through trial games. Usually short, their campaign is looking to be similar to 2016 with possible games against Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Bay of Plenty, Auckland, Tasman, and Canterbury. A full coaching staff is yet to be named so keep an eye out for that! Possible additions to the representative opportunities for our girls include: U15 and U18 7’s rep teams, and an U18 Maori Girls rep team. We’ll keep you posted.
For further information regarding College Girls Rugby please contact:
WRFU Girls Rugby Development Co-ordinator
College Sport Wellington Rugby Administrator