Most of the women in the NMMU Women’s Rugby team have never played rugby before. For those who do, I wanted to find out about their reasons for choosing this sport as well as to capture their experiences thus far.
The women’s rugby team was introduced in 2015 and it still continues to grow in 2016. Like any other journey, the team has experienced challenges with respect to debunking the disbelief that women can play rugby and related stereotypes that are embedded in society. These ladies face stereotypes such as: women that play rugby are lesbians, and that a female that plays rugby cannot be recognised as a lady or a woman. Their response is that playing rugby doesn’t disqualify them from deriving pleasure from “girly” festivities and taking delight in their feminine side. Some attend practice with lipstick and they can still flaunt their weaves, pout and appreciate their womanhood after practice. All in all, the challenges have not dampened their spirit, instead they have emerged a stronger unit from them.
Due to the fact that they are still growing in numbers they are playing 7’s and not 15’s. But they still do the work of the whole team; the same rules apply for male and female rugby. The ladies give the credit to their coaches and managers who continue to take time out from their academic and sporting schedules to train them. They also go a step further by displaying traits of professionalism when training the ladies.
The ladies practice three times a week from Wednesday to Friday between 5pm – 6pm at C Field. If any ladies on campus are interested in being part of this revolution, don’t hesitate to join the NMMU Women’s Rugby team. Show up for practice and take things from there.