Vanuatu women’s rugby team for the 2022 Oceania Rugby 7s Challenge


This year will be exciting for Vanuatu women’s rugby having received a financial support from the UN Women.

The funding is provided through the Vanuatu Rugby Union (VRU) to assist women development in the sport.

Over the years, women’s rugby is one aspect of Rugby Union that has been ignored and in the past three years it was regrouped and strengthened allowing the women to have equal participation with men. This saw the women’s rugby team making their debut in the Oceania rugby 7s tournament in Fiji in 2019.

The VRU Executive confirmed that the UN Women has thrown in their financial support and will start the four months women’s programme next week.

The training programme will include rugby clinics, Get Into Rugby, schools participation and competitions organised for women.

Rugby, often considered a male sport, is levelling the playing field for girls and boys, men and women in the Pacific island.

Sport is a powerful tool to challenge gender norms and roles, and in the Pacific region, rugby is a particularly influential sport.

UN Women have been part of Women’s Rugby in the Pacific since the past years in partnership with Oceania Rugby, the regional governing body for rugby unions.