We have some good news from women rugby players everywhere. We’ve found a new rugby recruitment company solely focused on womens rugby recruitment – the first 100% dedicated women’s rugby recruitment site on the internet.
Below please find an interview with Jared and Huia Tuoro, the driving force behind this website (called “Women’s Rugby Recruitment”).
We hope this interview and website provides women with the information that they need to start considering their options for recruitment, and that other websites follow in its stead to create more opportunities for female rugby players.
QCan you provide us with a brief overview of your rugby background?
Jared: I’ve been involved in rugby at both an amateur and professional level for a number of years – as a player with the Auckland province in New Zealand and as a coach of school, club and international women’s rugby teams over the last 10 years. I began working in rugby as a Rugby Development Officer, and spent four years at Counties Manukau Rugby Union in New Zealand and three Years in Scotland. I now work as a Coach Development Manager in New Zealand.
Huia: I began playing rugby fairly late at the age of 20 when I was asked by some friends to come along for a game. I’d always been into a lot of sports; netball, touch rugby and athletics, so it was great to get into a contact sport! The more I played rugby, the more confidence I got. I also managed to play for the Auckland Storm women’s representative team in 2008, and the Dubai 7s in 2009 and 2010. Living back in New Zealand now is great as it provides a lot of opportunities to play provincial and international rugby.
QWhat is Women’s Rugby Recruitment and how did it get started?
Women’s Rugby Recruitment specialises in the recruitment of female players and coaches for women’s clubs around the world. It began in 2011 when Huia and I were looking to move from Scotland, and I made contact with Rah Rah Rugby about a possible placement for me as a player/coach in Canada.
We were able to get a contract for Huia playing and coaching for the women’s team at the same club and we thought it would be great for other female players to be able to have this experience as well.
We know female players have been travelling to other countries and playing rugby informally and through contacts of friends, etc. Our service intends to provide this opportunity to as many players and coaches as possible so that they can enjoy the experience of playing and coaching overseas.
QWhat services does your site provide to coaches and players and what countries do you service?
We service all countries and we are continually growing. We have very good connections with clubs in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Our service includes:
- Promoting the player/coach to potential clubs on our extensive database
- Matching profiles with club vacancies and submitting the profiles
- Negotiating on the players/coaches behalf with the clubs
- Assisting with visa applications and IRB clearance process
- 14 Day “Settle-In” period to ensure placement is appropriate for you
QWhat are the major challenges for ladies interested playing rugby overseas and how can they best prepare for the recruitment process?
The major challenge is having the funds to travel to another country. The majority of countries have visa requirements that each person needs to be able to demonstrate proof of funds to support themselves once in the country.
Plan ahead and when you’ve decided that travelling is what you want to do and start to put some money aside so that after about 6 months there is a large sum to satisfy immigration.
QHow can interested female players get register on your site and get in touch with you?
Just visit our site here to view player’s and coaches’ profiles and also register your own profile or club.
It is easy to register and there is no cost if you are a player. Please click the following links for Player Registration, Coach Registration and Club Registration (for clubs in need of a female player).
You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news of vacancies and opportunities from around the world. For more information you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
QAnything you would like to say to female players?
It’s an exciting time for women’s rugby right now. If you goal is to develop your skills, share your skills with others or to experience another country and meet new friends, then Women’s Rugby Recruitment can help.
One of the best ways to enjoy your new rugby experience is a with a friend, so a grab a teammate and set a new goal of travelling and playing rugby together!
Interview conducted by: Lee Bennet
Manager North America Rah Rah Rugby
Director at Large Beavers Sevens Rugby
Managing Director at Lbconsulting International