Since the introduction of Junior Girls Touch 7s, Rugby Victoria has seen a significant increase in female participation. A total of 654 females were registered across all formats in 2019.
This included 129 Touch 7s Girls participating across 13 teams.
Head of Game Development, Samantha Homewood, said she has seen unprecedented change within the female pathway for girls, and more specifically for junior girls.
"I remember the first year we ran U17 girls 7s, we had almost three teams. Now we have U11 and U15 Touch 7s for Girls, along with a much larger U17 girls 7s competition,” said Homewood.
"The introduction of U18 Schoolgirls has been a significant step for women's rugby in Victoria.
"2020 will see the introduction of 10s and XVs into the fold for the U17 girls, further developing young players for their next stage in their rugby journey.
"Girls now have an opportunity to play a format of rugby at any age.
"Over the next few years we will see this further grow and develop with the support of our many great volunteers."
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Come and support our Women who have made their way through this pathway this Friday when our Melbourne Rebels Women take on the Waratahs at 4:35pm at AAMI Park.