Should Women Be Allowed In Men’s Rugby Grade?

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Southland women’s rugby player April Miller who was playing rugby in the Southland Presidents Men’s Grade has been banned from playing because she is a woman.  Miller is 18 years old and has great pedigree with her father and grandfather playing for Southland and her uncle Paul Miller playing for the All Blacks, Highlanders, Southland and Otago.

The problem is that there is no women’s grade in Southland and her Pukerau team didn’t mind her playing and her team always asked their opponents if it was an issue and their opponents usually didn’t mind.


Will April Miller now be lost to the game of rugby for life?  I am actually from Southland and it isn’t as if the Presidents Grade is a really high level or anything.  I say as long as neither her team nor the opponents mind, then I don’t have a problem with April Miller playing.

What happens if April Miller was going to be a New Zealand Black Ferns representative and her progress is being stopped?  I guess her only other option is to move to another province which offers women’s rugby grades.


Should a woman be allowed to play rugby in a men’s grade when there are no grades for women?


By |2014-07-24T22:14:26+00:00July 24th, 2014|

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Scotty Donaldson is an All Blacks, Highlanders and long suffering Southland Stags rugby supporter who enjoys providing astute analysis through research and experience in sports writing. Super Rugby Tips provides him with the opportunity to provide valuable insight for punters with both fantasy and virtual rugby type competitions in mind. My highlights are the mighty Southland Stags winning the Ranfurly Shield first the first time in over 50 years in 2009 and being at Eden Park to watch the All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.