The Women’s 7’s tournament kicked off yesterday at the Samoa Rugby Union field in Tuanaimato.
Six teams had registered but one team pulled out just before the tournament started yesterday morning, according to the Women’s Development Officer, Avii Faalupega.
Fa’alupega said the tournament is part of the development programme by the World Rugby to promote Rugby for everyone.
“With World Rugby’s vision being ‘A sport for all, true to its values’ and its mission to ‘grow the global rugby family’, it is important to recognise that women and girls form an integral part of that vision and mission.”
“Rugby educates women to learn skills such as discipline, confidence and leadership and they convey core principles that are important in a democracy, such as tolerance, cooperation and respect. Rugby teaches the fundamental value of effort and how to manage essential steps in life such as victory or defeat”.
The five teams taking part include Apia Maroons, Aleipata, Falealili, Safata and Aana Blues.
Ms. Fa’alupega added that the tournament helps to identify local girls for the Manusina.
“One of the main purposes of the tournaments is to build up their experience, in playing rugby. Hence is to prepare these players to compete in higher standard, so that they ready to compete in the international competitions. Women’s sevens tournament will continue to run in Samoa towards the end of the year.”
“Samoa Rugby Union believes that the sport plays a vital role in girls and women community. We conducted several development programs for both male and female in primary and secondary schools both Upolu and Savaii throughout the year. The past quarter of the year saw a rapid growth of female participation in rugby.”