NRFF President urges women to play bigger role in rugby


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March 8, 2021 is International Women’s Day and rugby unions and organizations in Africa are taking the opportunity to rightly celebrate the positive impact of women in sport and development.

To commemorate International Women’s Day in Nigeria, club and community coaches organized training games in Delta, Benin, Abia, Benue, Ogun and Lagos states.

NRFF President Kelechukwu Mbagwu instructed the Women’s Rugby Development Committee to make every effort to engage more women and girls in rugby “Today is International Women’s Day. We #ChoosetoChallenge gender stereotypes and our partnerships are committed to providing equitable spaces for women to reach their full potential. Nigeria has a population of over 200 million and, if properly harnessed, can be a driving force for women’s rugby in Africa. We are playing our part in the NRFF because we have obtained the readmission of our national women’s team to the African rugby competitions. We hope to see our Lady Stallions don the national team jerseys at the Africa Women’s Cup in August / September this year. ”

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Over 200 girls have played rugby hosted by over 10 of the rugby development coaches. Nigeria representative for women’s rugby; Grace Kurah told Benin: “The future will be made by these dynamic young women who are passionate about their different backgrounds and bring this positive energy to their rugby teams.”

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Vice-president NRFF; Grace Iyorhe said in Makurdi, Benue State; “Today we’re celebrating all the amazing women involved in our big game! From our players, coaches, match officials, physios, doctors, educators, administrators, mothers, daughters, sisters, partners and aunts. Thank you so much for being a part of our rugby family. Happy International Women’s Day to all ”.

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NRFF Technical Director; Abubakar Yaro congratulated Rugby Africa on the appointment of two Nigerian women to the sub-committees. Vice president; Grace Iyorhe (Women’s Rugby Advisory Board) and Princess Alban Ugonwaezeh-Agugo (Player Welfare and Participation Advisory Board).

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