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The program focuses on the inclusion of women and girls in all aspects of rugby union. / Credit: Nauru Rugby

Rugby union for women and girls

The Nauru Rugby Inclusion Impact Program is a sport for development initiative focused on rapid and high-quality growth and inclusion of women and girls in all aspects of rugby union. 

With rugby union as the drawcard and vehicle, and activities that enhance the rugby union system and challenge gender stereotypes, the program seeks to improve the prospects, inclusion and empowerment of women and girls.

Commencing in 2021, the Nauru Rugby Inclusion Impact Program is built upon three key initiatives: 

  • Engaging youth (girls and boys) in the Get into Rugby + Values program, to develop their physical literacy, values-focussed sport experience and normalise a highly physical sport for both genders
  • Delivering ‘inclusive’ and values-focussed festivals and tournaments 
  • Driving inclusive leadership, with support and exchange with Australian experts through Rugby Australia  
  • The project aims to enhance the rugby union system in Nauru, specifically to see:
  • Women in rugby (as players, coaches, officials and leaders) normalised and celebrated 
  • Get into Rugby + Values development program embedded in schools for girls and boys
  • Inclusive, safe attitudes and practices will form normal operation for rugby union
  • Administrators and coaches (male and female) will have knowledge, skills and confidence to lead safe, inclusive, quality rugby union teams
  • There will be more opportunities and a full pathway for girls and women (and men) to participate in rugby union - in Get into Rugby, rugby 7s, and 15-a-side
  • Strong connections between the Australian and Nauruan rugby union communities, including the establishment of a Nauru Rugby-Australian Rugby Sister Club, and an Australian Rugby Ambassador 
  • Rugby union will have greater reach and be more sustainable.

The Nauru Rugby Inclusion Impact Program is supported by a partnership between Nauru Rugby, Oceania Rugby and Rugby Australia through Team Up. 


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