Namibia and Zambia will close the 2021 African series of women’s test matches at 15. A total of 11 countries were involved in this series in 2021. The aim of the series was to assess the levels of play among the women’s teams on the round. African continent. Next year will see the start of a new fully structured African competition to qualify African representatives to the new WXV World Competition launched by World Rugby.
Between June and July 2021, Kenya faced Madagascar twice in Nairobi while Uganda faced Zimbabwe twice in Kampala. Cameroonians had beaten their Burkinabè sisters twice in Ouagadougou on June 9 and 12 and finally Tunisia emerged victorious from a three-way tournament against Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire in October in Tunis.
Janis Nduli, president of the Zambia Rugby Women’s Association, feels optimistic: “The Zambian women’s national team currently ranked world No.30 is proving themselves against our Namibian sisters who are currently ranked No.52. Captain Natasha Musonda and our fearless team including the great ones like Margaret Kasonka to put Namibia on a grand show. “
Commenting on the match CJ Kotze, coach of the Namibia 15-Year-Old Women’s National Team, said: “We are delighted with the Namibia Zambia match that awaits us. This marks the start of an exciting journey for Namibian women’s rugby and I am extremely delighted that our first match is being played at home. Right now we don’t predict the outcome, but at least we’ll know exactly where Namibian women’s rugby is at once the final whistle is given. It will also give us an overview of the strategies that need to be put in place for Namibia to become a competitive nation on the African continent. “
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 Committee 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 well- being players and the development and retention of female players.
Speaking about the next and final match of the season and the impact of women’s rugby development, Rugby Africa Women’s Rugby Manager Maha Zaoui said: “The promotion and positioning of women in rugby at all levels will result in significantly increased involvement and interest. fans, players and ultimately investors. 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 has 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.
Women’s rugby in Africa
On the African continent, women’s rugby has experienced tremendous growth. Over the past decade, it has grown from 50,000 players in 2012 to over 260,000 in 2018. For this tremendous growth to continue, strong leadership in women’s rugby must continue. One of the tools that will enable expansion is the Leadership Fellowship for Executive Women.
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