India women’s Rugby team record 1st-ever International win

Indian Women’s Rugby team claimed their 1st ever international women’s 15s victory after beating Singapore in the Asian Women Rugby Championship Division 1 in Manila, Philippines.

Key Highlights

Sumitra Nayak kicked a penalty in the dying minutes to claim a narrow victory for India against Singapore with a 21-19 win for girls in blue.

This historic victory means India finished 3rd in tournament, therefore claiming a bronze medal.

The Championship Division 1 will double up as part of the qualification process for the Rugby World Cup 2021.

Rugby’s Future in India: India has a big following for Rugby game. India, China and USA together constitute 33% of 800 million followers of game globally. As per Nasser Hussain, former India captain and General Manager, Indian Rugby Union, the game is spread across 24 States with India having about 80,000 registered rugby players.

Asia Rugby Women’s Championship

In 2006 the 1st recorded Asian rugby championship for female 15-a-side teams was founded. Prior to that at least since 2000 there had been women’s 7-a-side tournaments in Asia.

It is organised by Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU).

China were the hosts of and winners of the 1st tournament that took place in 2006.

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