WIRA has more than 500 founding members from all over Aotearoa, from all walks of life and from all facets of rugby including players, coaches and the volunteers who manage teams, parent, fundraise and fill the trestle tables for the after-match function.
WIRA members have joined different teams within the organisation to develop our approach towards a number of key aspects including player welfare and pathways, governance, fan engagement, volunteer support, referee development, media and story-telling.
WIRA Group Leaders
The team make-up
14% governance members
Numbers on the rise
Female player numbers rose to a total of 27,838, which represents a 14.6 percent increase on 2017 with the growth in popularity spread across all age groups.
New Zealand Rugby Head of Women’s Rugby Development, Cate Sexton said the continuing growth represented an exciting opportunity for the game.
“Following our double-digit growth last year these figures show there is a real generational shift going on in our game and it’s great to see so many young girls being inspired to give rugby a go.
“The biggest area of growth was in our youngest demographic with a more than 15 percent increase in Small Blacks, so the future is very bright.
“I have no doubt many of them have been inspired by the success of our Black Ferns and Black Ferns Sevens teams and the example they are setting on and off the field.”
Be part of our team
Wāhine have much to offer our national game, both on and off the field. We are harnessing the collective power of our membership to be ambitious for what our sport can become and the part wāhine can play in leading it forward.