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Take a dive down under with us and learn a little more about Australia women's rugby league and broader issues that affect the way the tournament is played – including equal pay for women's rugby players, how investment can affect performance, as well as the potential future for USA Women's Rugby League.
The 1991 Women's Rugby World Cup in Cardiff was a success because it happened at all, and the accolades belong to a four-woman organizing committee that created the tournament structure from scratch and managed every element of the event. Learn more about them and the event here.
Otherwise known as the “Women’s World Rugby Festival,” RugbyFest 1990 invited national teams as well as provincial and club sides to Christchurch for a two-week event. Learn more about the precursor to the first Women's Rugby World Cup here.
By 1962, the modern game had its first women’s rugby union team in the University of Edinburgh. Collegiate teams followed in the U.K. and France, and in 1968, the first women’s rugby match (that was also documented) occurred in Toulouse, France. La Ville Rose responded so positively to that inaugural event that it’s no surprise to see “Toulouse 1970” as an important node on women’s rugby timeline. The southern French city became the headquarters for the first women’s rugby union governing body.
In 1962, the Edinburgh Amazons Women's Rugby Team came into being. The crucial detail, of course, is that the rugby union team did not disappear. It met regularly, practiced and had its existence documented and verified. Thus, the Scottish team retains the honor of being the first women’s rugby team.
Enniskillen, in County Fermanagh, Ireland, was the beginning of it all. There, on the Royal Portora School ground rugby pitch in 1887, a woman played rugby for the first time.
Get to know some of our favourite players as they spill the tea on how they got to where they are in their career, hopes for the future of rugby, and pre-game rituals.