Women rugby players join the party

Women rugby players join the party

Maseru With men’s rugby booming in Lesotho, the women’s game is set to join the party with the launch of the first-ever National Women’s Rugby Championship Cup (NWRCC) this weekend.

The competition is the brainchild of Women in Rugby, an organisation under the Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR).  The championship will roar into life on Saturday at Machabeng College and is meant to empower Lesotho’s female rugby athletes in the context of promoting gender equality within sports, promoting peace, building character and educating the public at large about the benefits of playing rugby.

According to Women in Rugby, female participation in rugby has been on the increase since 2013 thanks to the hard work of the FLR and the assistance of teachers in primary and secondary schools across the country’s ten districts.

To date, there are seven female clubs that will contest the women’s league after Lesotho Correctional Service Lioalaoala pulled out.  The teams are Lancers Jaguars, Maseru Warriors, National University of Lesotho Spears, Mabote Beavers, Lesia Wolves as well as Swallows.

One of the goals of the women’s league is to form a national women’s rugby team whose players will be selected solely based on their performances in the NWRCC.
Women in Rugby say the primary objective is to leave a lasting legacy of Basotho women participating in rugby.  The championship will be played in a home and away league format and the first round is expected to finish in May.

Luciah Phahla

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