Rugby inclusivity

Simon Raiwalui is the new forwards coach for the Wallabies. Picture: Canberra Times

Simon Raiwalui.Picture: Canberra Times /FILE

The Fiji Rugby Union took a major step in achieving inclusivity with the pioneer women’s high performance induction workshop program at the Wesley City Mission Church hall in Suva yesterday.

High performance general manager Simon Raiwalui highlighted the initiative as a beginning of a new era for women’s rugby in Fiji.

“We wanted to bring that alignment and inclusivity across,” Raiwalui said.

“And afford all the benefits and opportunities in the men’s program to the women.”

Thirty players and officials were inducted in the first program of the year with 23 elite Fijiana players and seven apprentices.

“One of World Rugby’s pillars is the women’s game, so we are really looking to have that growth through the age groups to the senior level.”

The first workshop of its kind, women rugby players and officials were provided with a varied curriculum including benefits and expectations, strength and conditioning and medical awareness.

“We talked about holistic learning as well, not just the rugby on the field but the things that go on off the field in terms of planning, and opportunities going forward.”

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