The Solomon Islands Rugby Union Federation (SIRUF) through its Development Department will launch the first women's rugby union program and competition in the country on the 22nd this month (November).

This is part of SIRUF's rugby development programs currently implemented in Solomon Islands and will be the last program for the SIRUF Development Department for this year.

The proposed competition is intended as a build up for women's rugby competitions that SIRUF will stage in the country next year. It is open to girls of all ages from teenagers up to 40 years. Depending on the number of women that will register, the competition will be played in two divisions, Under 17 and an Open category.

The game that will be played is called 'Tag Rugby', which is similar to touch rugby except that it embraces a number of rugby union skills and rules that mainly encourages running and ball handling skills.

Prior to the competition there will be two weekend sessions of 2 hours each day that will be used to introduce the rules of the game, therefore, girls who are interested must not miss these sessions that will be held at Panatina rugby field starting Saturday 22 November from 7:30am to 9:30am and Sunday 23rd November from 7:30am to 9:30am.

Girls and women who are interested to join the program/competition or who wishes to learn about rugby are invited to register their names with the SIRUF Development Officer at Town Ground or call him on phone 23102 or mobile 88930 starting this week and onward. Those who wish to register teams for the competition can do so by calling in at Town Ground as of Monday 17 November to collect registration forms.

SIRUF is calling on companies and organizations that wish to put in a team or sponsor a team to come forward and do so by the dates given.

Press Release (SIRUF)