Women's teams take part in WRWC Legacy event

(IRB.COM) Friday 26 April 2013
 Women's teams take part in WRWC Legacy event
Players and coaches were eager to take part in the legacy event in Madrid Photo: Revista 22

Despite focusing on the last round of Women's Rugby World Cup qualifiers on Saturday, players and coaches from the six international teams involved took time out to bring Rugby to the next generation of players in Madrid.

Up to 200 school children from all over Madrid gathered at Puerta de Hierro in the Spainish capital on Thursday to meet players and coaches from Italy, Scotland, Sweden, Samoa, Netherlands and of course from their own country, Spain.

The idea behind the legacy event was to assist the Federación Española de Rugby and the Madrid Rugby Union to introduce the sport to local children and encourage youngsters to come and try the Game.

"This is a brilliant opportunity for teams to get involved and introduce our Game to kids, who may go on to be future stars of Rugby," said Douglas Langley, IRB Regional Development Manager for Europe.

"It helps the FER and organisers here in Madrid to spread the word, show the values of Rugby, attract students to the sport, but above all, have fun. The players love it as they get to give somenthing back, and the "las ninos" get to meet these elite players!"

Seperately, workshops also took place with managment and players during the week to discuss the issues around integrity, and in particular the IRB's Keep Rugby Onside awareness project.

This is a proactive approach by the IRB/FIRA-AER to have an impact on preventing anti-corruption and betting in our sport, and was embraced by all involved.

Meanwhile, all six teams took part in light training today ahead of the last round of Women's Rugby World Cup qualifiers in Madrid on Saturday.

Four teams - Spain, Italy, Scotland and Samoa - are still capable of progressing to the competition in France next year, with a big focus on the last match of the day, as hosts Spain take on the Italians.

The two qualifiers for WRWC 2014 will be known on Saturday evening, with the Asian and African qualifiers still to be played.

Scotland v Sweden, Samoa v Netherlands and Spain v Italy will all be streamed live from Madrid on Saturday here.