Together with their partner Société Générale, Rugby Africa's official bank (www.RugbyAfrique.com), and with the support of World Rugby, African Rugby will host the first qualification for the Women's Rugby World Cup in Africa, the African Rugby Women's Cup, at the Bosman stadium in Johannesburg. starting on August 9th, National Women's Day in South Africa, and ends on August 17th, 2019.
Scheduled to appear are four teams competing to win their place of play in New Zealand including South Africa, host country tournaments, Kenya, Uganda and Madagascar.
Considering that there are no African ranks set for fifteen-to-one rugby girls, four fifteen teams are selected based on the level and frequency of the female players' play.
Each team will play 3 matches on three different days and a point classification will be set. The tournament winner will immediately qualify for the World Cup while the second best team will play a match against selected teams from South America and join the global repechage tournament if they win.
For Katie Sadleir, General Manager for Women's Rugby at World Rugby, this new event is an opportunity that should not be missed: "The development of women in Rugby is the biggest opportunity for our sport during the next decade. This is an important part of World Rugby's vision of & # 39; Sports for all, according to their values & # 39; and in harmony with its mission to grow a global family … Women's Rugby has experienced unprecedented growth and the level of participation is at an all-time high. Rugby women in Africa lead in terms of the number of female players registered in the whole world ”
This event is an opportunity to legitimize the position of female rugby in Africa. Indeed, African Rugby President Khaled Babbou looked at the progress of African Rugby in the rugby world as a priority goal of this competition: "Organizing qualifications for the World Cup provides, above all, stepping stones for players and opportunities for teams to reach the highest level in sports. The development of our exercise is at the heart of our concerns, and women's rugby is a key strategic priority. "
"The Women's Cup will give a big boost to rugby women in Africa and South Africa, and we are pleased that we will host this fantastic event," said CEO SA Rugby Jurie Roux.
"It's very important in the sense that it will offer some of the top national teams in Africa the opportunity to measure themselves against each other, and the fact that it will double as an African qualifier for the Women's 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand makes it even more important.
"Women's rugby is still developing in Africa, and the only way to improve standards is to face more international competition, and there is no better place to start than with our neighboring countries. We hope to welcome our neighbors in Johannesburg for a fantastic show about African women's rugby. "
After a conference on the development of female rugby in Africa, held in Gaborone in May 2018, all African Rugby management teams and federations took responsibility for writing strategic plans, adapted to the country's geographical, economic and cultural reality. Continent of Africa, to promote rugby practices among women.
This strategic plan focuses on development, as well as performance and visibility, rugby women on the continent.
The point of the discussion is how to develop female rugby and increase the number of African female players, but we also need to examine the role of women more generally in our sport, from the team's technical support staff to management in the African rugby government. structure.
It must be admitted that Africa lags behind other parts of the world in terms of female rugby because it did not send a representative team to the previous Women's Rugby Fifteens World Cup; this will be fixed in August in Johannesburg.