Women in Rugby Aotearoa

For wāhine, by wāhine with the support of tāne throughout Aotearoa.

Haere mai. Welcome.

Women in Rugby Aotearoa (WIRA) is a not-for-profit grassroots movement; a collective of current and former players, administrators, managers, coaches, directors and volunteers involved in rugby. 

WIRA is 100% about growing our game by ensuring all women, of all ages from all over Aotearoa, have a positive experience in our sport, on and off the field. We cannot do this alone, we need your help. We welcome your support, including financial support to help us increase women’s engagement in Rugby in Aotearoa in playing, coaching, refereeing (and other officials), administration and governing roles.

Our role within the rugby ecosystem


Empowerment of our members through information sharing, active support in all facets of the game and networking opportunities.


We will be the entity to hold the mirror up to all stakeholders in the rugby ecosystem to ensure wāhine in New Zealand rugby have and understand the pathways they desire from players and volunteers, through to senior management and directors and that women’s rugby has a footing equal to the men’s game.

The fastest growth area in rugby is women

And we're damn proud of it.

What makes women’s rugby so good?

Women’s rugby is different.  Women use their wits, athleticism, courage, skills and speed to play the game they love with flair. Women who play and support rugby are funny, warm, engaging, determined and real. 

Women’s rugby is inclusive. We welcome rangatahi, mums and aunties whaea, sisters tuāhine, kuia, LGBTQ+, from all walks of life and from many cultures. 

Let's play the game together


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