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15-a-side for women in Skipper Cup

Women will play 15-a-side in the 2019 Skipper Cup Premiership competi­tion. Oceania Rugby general manager Bruce Cook said the participation of women in the Skipper Cup Premiership this year has
03 Aug 2018 10:11
15-a-side for women in Skipper Cup

Women will play 15-a-side in the 2019 Skipper Cup Premiership competi­tion.

Oceania Rugby general manager Bruce Cook said the participation of women in the Skipper Cup Premiership this year has been a success.

And they aim to increase the number from 10-a-side to 15a-side in 2019.

“We chatted with Fiji Rugby Union about 12 months ago and informed them that we had a resource for the women teams for the Skipper Cup Premiership,” Cook said.

“They decided to go with the 10-aside teams in the Skipper Cup this year and next year progress to the 15-aside.

“We doing the same thing in Samoa, it will gradually start to take hold and we will start to look at domestic competition with women at the same time looking at international competition.”

2019 Rugby World Cup

Cook said the participation of Oceania countries, Fiji Samoa and Tonga will be a threat during the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

“These countries, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will bring the usual flair and vigor that the teams from Oceania can do,” Cook said.

“They are in three different pools; Tonga is really playing some good rugby at the mo­ment, Fiji continues steadily along the way while Samoa will also be a threat, Any of those three could cause upsets during the World Cup.”

Women Sevens in 2018

Fiji, Samoa, Australia and Papua New Guin­ea are four likely countries that will take part in the 2018 Oceania Women’s Sevens Champi­onship later this year.

Oceania Rugby general manager Bruce Cook said they are awaiting confirmation from the Fiji Rugby Union before they can re­lease the date of the tournament.

Cook added once the date has been con­firmed, invitation will be sent out to Oceania countries who would want to participate.

“We will most likely have the women’s Oce­ania rugby here in Fiji later this year,” Cook said.

“Once we have been given the okay by the end of this week from the FRU to run with it, there are no indications that they are not at this point time.

“The four that come to mind straight away are Fiji, Samoa, an Australian development squad and Papua New Guinea.

“But we will invite unions in the Pacific to take part.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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