Goal: Rugby Clubs will provide a welcoming and inclusive Rugby Club environment.
This page contains information and resources intended to help promote Inclusion within Australian Rugby.
Australian Rugby is committed to removing discrimination, promoting accessibility and creating a welcoming environment for all levels of Rugby, from Grass roots to Elite Sport Performance.
Inclusion relates to many groups, including women, people with disabilities, indigenous players and mature age participants. Australian Rugby is involved in various initiatives which promote Inclusion, such as Wheelchair Rugby, Deaf Rugby, Women’s Rugby and Indigenous Rugby.
Please refer to our ARU Inclusion Policy and the Policy Register webpage.
“Our new Inclusion Policy reinforces Australian Rugby’s commitment to ensuring every individual, whether they’re players, supporters, coaches or administrators, feel safe, welcome and included, regardless of race, gender or sexuality.” ARU CEO Bill Pulver, 29/8/2014
It is important that all of our clubs are committed to promoting inclusion and creating a safe and welcoming environment for all of their players. Australian Rugby Union’s (ARU) vision for reconciliation is to engage Indigenous Australians with opportunities to enhance their lives through a lifelong association with Rugby Union. ARU recognises that sport can be used to remove barriers and create genuine opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians that will assist in “Closing the Gap”.
For more information on ARU Reconciliation Action Plan click here.
The above resources are highly insightful and nationally applicable. Please refer to your State specific website for further information.
QLD government have a campaign that is designed to motivate women and girls to become more active and participate in sport. Check out jointhe movement.
THE BINGHAM CUP
The Bingham Cup is a biennial international, non-professional, gay rugby union tournament, held in memory of Mark Kendall Bingham, an influential and openly gay rugby player. In 2016 the Bingham festivities will be held from May 22nd to 29th in Nashville, Tennessee.
In the lead up to the 2016 Bingham Cup, Poppy Stockell has directed a documentary "SCRUM" based on the Sydney Convicts, who are Australia's first gay Rugby Union club, and the most successful club to have competed in the Bingham Cup. As well as holding the current title for the 2014 Bingham Cup, the Convicts have won the Cup 3 times prior to this since the clubs creation in 2004.
Watch the SCRUM trailer
Tallisha Harden (National Indigenous Women 7s Captain), James Saunders (National Indigenous U18 Schoolboy 2002 and captain of Sydney Convicts 2015) and Ryan Scott (Australian wheelchair Rugby player 2015) at the “Bledisloe Cup Festival Women and Diversity Lunch”. Watch Now >
School Rugby Competition Inaugural Indigenous Round - Oakhill College and St Greg’s Watch Now >
National Indigenous team France boundWatch Now >
2015 National Wheelchair Rugby Championships 19 - 21st August Sydney Olympic Park. Watch Now >
You Can Play - An Anti-Homophobia in Sport Initiative Watch Now >
Wheelchair Rugby National Finals 2015 - Celebrity Match Highlights Watch Now >