Women’s sevens in sights
FEMALE rugby union fans may be able to strap on the boots and join in the scrum later this year if a Far North Coast Rugby Union plan gets off the ground.
The Daily Examiner can reveal the seven-a-side competition will be directed at under-12 and under-14 age groups, with future expansion based on the success of junior involvement.
Country Rugby NSW has already given the proposed competition a green light with clubs also voicing their approval to FNCRU president Graham Cook.
"Following feedback from schools and development competitions we want to bring in a competition for women's sevens," Cook said.
"We'll look to use the U12s and 14s as a starting point but there's no reason why that won't grow."
There is currently no organised rugby league or union competition for women on the North Coast and while the opportunity for local women to play regular rugby is still a few years away, the first few steps have been taken.
The proposed competition will feature teams within the FNCRU's boundaries, encompassing the area from Grafton to Tweed.
Depending on how many teams nominate, the competition could be split into "north and south conferences", but it would focus on the "enjoyment and introduction to rugby union".
"We need to provide women an avenue to play rugby," Cook said.
"We would be surprised if there wasn't any interest.
"The concept has been given the okay by Country Rugby and the higher governing bodies were highly supportive."
One of the reasons behind targeting the U12s and U14s is the involvement of schools.
There are some competitions already available to girls through their schools.
"We have approval from the clubs already and now we're engaging the schools to see if we can get them on board," Cook said.
"It could be a six-month thing where the comps run for six or so weeks then have a few weeks break before continuing.
"We're looking at everything so hopefully it will be off the ground soon."