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In 1968, the first women’s rugby match (that was also documented) occurred in Toulouse, but it took The Fédération Française de Rugby (French Rugby Federation, FFR), France’s national governing body, 20 years to fully integrate women’s rugby. Thus, it was necessary for women’s rugby teams to form a stand-alone association that valued their existence.
In 1970, a handful of French teams assembled and decided it was time to form the Association Francaise de Rugby Feminin(French Women’s Rugby Association, AFRF). The first official women’s rugby union governing body had formed and called Toulouse its home. The association became a vehicle for significant gains and inspiration around the world.