We approved this open letter on YTS Forum today and here’s how it is written attached with one of the photos on the cover of this post.
Open letter to any and all supporters of Vanuatu rugby.
Dear Vanuatu Rugby,
As I am sure you know this month (the month of September) is recognised by Oceania Rugby as ‘Women in rugby’ month.
Now with this in mind I would like us to take a trip down memory lane back to the regional 7s tournament that took place late last year. That tournament saw Vanuatu send over its first ever Women’s 7s team. This was seen as a big push for women’s rugby in the country and it even made headlines all over the world. Although I can safely say that I had my reservations about how the girls would perform given a less than ideal buildup and the lack of any real women’s domestic competition, seeing how hard the girls tried during the tournament eventually turned me into a fan.
Unfortunately circumstances hasn’t allowed for the momentum of the women’s teams efforts to continue due to the global crisis the world is going through but slowly the VRU is ‘slowly’ and I do mean ‘slowly’ trying to navigate itself.
After the Independence Cup there has been no word by any VRU members about what is happening with the sport.
With it being ‘Women in Rugby’ month is Vanuatu Rugby Football Union thinking at all about doing anything for the young girls and women in the country who have big interest in the sport but don’t know how to join? Does Vanuatu Rugby realise that rugby is no longer just a ‘men’s game’?
I do hope that VRU use this month to as a start to improve the women’s game however that may be. We all know that the women’s 7s game is very entertaining to watch especially when our pacific sisters from Fiji, NZ and Australia play so why not push for the same for our girls to be on that stage someday? Is that anymore probable as the men are to achieve some regional success?
I look forward to your reply,
Another passionate Vanuatu rugby fan