RUGGER OF THE MONTH
We know how important it is to appreciate people in the women’s rugby community who are doing great things. The women’s game relies so heavily on people giving their time and effort to help it grow. We want to celebrate these people and give them a little something to say thank you.
Each month we will recognise and reward a different rugger by sending them a gift from us, and also feature them and their good work on our women’s rugby blog. From grassroots to elite level, we want to hear everything about your heroes. Do you know someone who is doing great things in the women’s rugby space?
If you want to nominate someone special be sure to drop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Sam, our July Rugger of the month!
"My teammates become like family, and they encourage me to be the best version of myself."
What is your why? Why do you play rugby?
I play rugby for the community. Our family moves around every three or four years because of my husband's profession. If the place has a rugby team, I know I’ll have immediate friends. The benefits of having this community are endless: my teammates become like family, and they encourage me to be the best version of myself.
How did you start playing rugby?
I started playing rugby in my mid 20s in California. I had always been interested in the sport but had only played a couple of friendly games in high school. I never played team sports, so it took a while for me to get the hang of it – but I was hooked instantly.
What made you fall in love with the sport?
The weird and wonderful sub-culture of rugby had me instantly intrigued. I'm an extrovert who thrives off of positive energy so it was a healthy environment for both my mind and body.
Who are the role models that made a difference to you?
Without a doubt my teammates. I have had the pleasure of playing on three different teams across the world. Each teammate has had an impact on me in some way. The self-confidence that comes from surrounding yourself with strong, empowered and confident women cannot be understated. I have learned to love my body and found my voice through this community.
What are some of the challenges that women’s rugby faces?
Accessibility and exposure. You can't become what you can't see. Ideally rugby would be more accessible to younger girls through youth programmes. Getting children and parents interested early and teaching them the benefits of team sports for development and self-confidence would encourage participation. At a higher level I believe that women's games should be televised and advertised more – it's been proven through women's rugby and other sports that the viewers are there but it's just not easily accessible or fans simply aren't aware of the games. You can't expect viewership and profits to increase if you don't make it accessible.
QUICK FIRE Qs
What's your middle name?
What position do you play?
Fly-half or inside/outside centre.
What’s your gameday ritual?
Coffee and music to pump me up!
I love playing touch in the summer.
How do you want to leave the jersey better for the next generation of female athletes?
I want what I've experienced to be available to as many girls and women as possible.