Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal will face each other on the ground. Senegal is expected to arrive in Tunisia on October 7 while Côte d’Ivoire will land in the country on October 11.
The program is as follows:
October 9: Match Tunisia vs Senegal October 13: Match Senegal vs Ivory Coast October 17: Match Tunisia vs Ivory Coast
In view of the annual Women’s 15s (WXV) competition, starting in 2023, the goal of the 2021 match series is to assess the teams, to give as many teams the opportunity as possible to show their talent before that an adequate competition format is designed for the next qualifying year for the WXV competition.
Between June and July 2021, Kenya faced Madagascar twice in Nairobi while Uganda faced Zimbabwe twice in Kampala. The Cameroonians had beaten their Burkinabè sisters twice in Ouagadougou on June 9 and 12.
A first for the international women’s 15 competition for Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal, the tournament has grown exponentially since its debut in 2019, when only four teams – South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Madagascar – clashed.
In 2021, a series of test matches involving 11 countries to assess levels of play took place while next year will see the start of a new fully structured African competition to qualify African representatives to the new WXV global competition launched by World Rugby.
By establishing a unified international 15s calendar and introducing WXV, World Rugby creates a platform for international women’s teams to participate in more cohesive, competitive and sustainable competitions at regional and global levels.
As part of Rugby Africa’s mission to develop women’s rugby on the continent, the tournament allows women to express themselves through this sport with strong values.
Last year, the Women’s Rugby Advisory Committee (WRAC) was established to advise all Rugby Africa committees on positive gender inclusion practices, with a particular focus on women’s rugby.
In line with Rugby Africa’s strategic plan and World Rugby’s broader commitments, the role of the commission is to define key performance indicators to demonstrate progress in the development of women in rugby at all levels as well as to monitor the good -being players and the development and retention of female players.
Speaking about the tournament and the impact of women’s rugby development, Rugby Africa Women’s Rugby Manager Maha Zaoui said:. With the 15s Women’s Tournament, we aim to develop the sport with a focus on the development pathways of women and girls, working with key stakeholders. Women’s rugby has certainly evolved and come a long way, but there is still room for advancement and showcasing the talent of women in the game. “
She wished the competing teams good luck and said Rugby Africa looked forward to energetic and fiery play on the pitch.
Ivory Coast team manager Edgar Babou said the women’s rugby team are delighted to be part of the tournament.
“Women’s rugby has developed in Côte d’Ivoire and we believe we have a reliable and courageous team ready to face the matches that await them. The ladies trained with the vision of bringing the trophy home. “
Manager of the Senegal team, Colonel Baba Fofana added: “Senegalese rugby is ranked in the top ten in Africa and in the top 50 in the world. We have shown that we can compete with other African countries. Women are motivated for action and perpetuate our country’s passion for sport.
Tunisian team manager Abdelaziz Chaouachi said he was confident that the Tunisian women’s rugby team would be able to hold up well in the competition.
“We are really looking forward to testing our strength and showing our abilities at this tournament. The players are thrilled to have this opportunity to improve our conditioning and rugby skills. “
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