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The Northern Territory Rugby Union will launch what is hoped to be a breakout season of Women’s Rugby with a Foxtel Viva 7s Event at Mindil Beach on Wednesday 8th March, not coincidentally, International Women’s Day.

Viva 7s is non-contact Rugby 7s and designed to encourage people who wouldn’t normally play rugby to come and try.

It is hoped the Event will be a recruitment opportunity for Darwin’s Rugby Clubs to boost numbers on the eve of the Club Rugby Competition.

The cost to play is $10pp covering insurance, a bucket hat and some finger food. Players and Prospective Players can register and pay online in advance via or register and pay on the day between 5.30pm and 6pm. 

Matches will start at 6pm and go until about 7pm.

There will also be a Tackle Clinic on the sand for women and girls who would like to learn correct technique on a soft surface.

Three days later a Women’s Exhibition Match will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Masters Tens at Little Mindil.

The NTRU will host a Pre-Season Round Robin at Land Rover Rugby Park featuring five Darwin Clubs on Saturday March 24th 

The Regular Season will commence on Saturday April 1st.

Last Season’s competitors, University, South Darwin and Palmerston will be joined by Swampdogs and Casuarina with matches reverting to Saturday Afternoons.

Accentuating the spike in interest for Women’s Rugby attributed to Olympic status and Australia’s success, there is demand for the NTRU to program seven-a-side competitions for Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 Girls that will played on Friday Nights at Marrara.

Pathways exist for Open Age Women and Youth Girls (Under 17) to participate in National 7s Championships while representative tournaments are sourced for the younger youth female participants.

It is expected that the Northern Territory Goannas will be invited to a National 15-a-side Championship in 2018.

For more information on how to get involved in Women’s and Junior Girl’s Rugby contact;

Caitlin Ryan

Pathway Development Manager

Northern Territory Rugby Union

Ph: +61 (0)8 8945 1444

M: +61 (0)447 264 391

Josh Phillips

Participation Development Manager

Northern Territory Rugby Union

Ph: +61 (0)8 8945 1444

M: +61 (0)403 525 349

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of NT Rugby.