Canterbury rugby stars guiding girls to the field

Some of Canterbury's champion rugby players are giving back to the game early - coaching teams on top of their work and playing commitments, so young girls have the chance to play.

Nothing was going to stop the Royal Angels - a group of enthusiastic teenage girls - from playing rugby. Not the lack of numbers at their own rugby clubs, nor the geographical distance that lay between them across Christchurch. Or that a 20-year-old southerner from Riverton – with no previous coaching experience - would be leading them. That woman was Canterbury prop Amy Rule, who decided to make her foray into coaching this season with the U16 Prebbleton rugby side. Rule, who moved north from Southland after making the Black Ferns development side late last year, wanted to get into the driver’s seat to help her own game. But she didn’t imagine how much she would gain from the young girls, who turned a rocky start to their season into her most enjoyable moment of coaching yet. On the eve of a season already disrupted by Covid-19, the Prebbleton U16s didn’t have enough girls to make a full side. They turned up for a tournament and combined with a group of girls from the Suburbs club, who were in the same predicament. Click the link to read more.