Through an official statement, this Friday the Argentine Rugby Union announced that there are already the 16 clubs classified for the ICBC National Women’s Clubs, which will begin this Saturday, July 18 with the dispute of the round of 16.
This tournament, which was born with the aim of maintaining activity in a virtual way, in the face of the pandemic situation that has delayed official competition, had a notable adherence and participation.
“Leaving aside the results, these online meetings managed to strengthen relations between the clubs of the provinces and regions, reinforcing the growth that women’s rugby has been developing in the country in recent seasons,” said the entity that regulates Argentine rugby.
What is the virtual modality and how are the criteria evaluated when determining a result? The Union explained: “The tournament had an initial stage that was played in each Provincial Union. The second phase, already focused on the Regions, was carried out in the last week. The crossings are made via Zoom and in them they are made different Skills and knowledge activities that deliver points, in addition to online voting (can be carried out between today and tomorrow until 2 pm, in the stories of the official UAR account) “.
This Saturday the round of 16 matches will be played, while the quarterfinals will take place on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23. The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday 25, while the definition will be on Sunday 26.
David Rufino, National Official for the Development of Women’s Rugby at the UAR: “Beyond the competition, we found a way to keep meeting and keep a record of the activity, in this case in virtual mode. It was very useful for the clubs’ commitment to unite their teams and play in this tournament, which is a good sign for women’s rugby that has been growing steadily throughout the country. ”
On the other hand, it is worth highlighting the data that the UAR reported regarding the evolution of women’s rugby over time: it grew by 121% in the last 5 years. Compared to 2018, last year there was a growth of 15%. Today there are 6084 girls who play rugby in the country, according to statistics from the end of 2019. In competitive age, that is, from M15 on, there are 5142 girls.