There’s a clear sense from the coaches and players that everyone is equal, on and off the field. For girls in particular, the game boosts their confidence and inspires leadership, which can make a real difference over the course of their lives.
It’s the same here in Australia and I’m proud to be a part of the changing perceptions about who can and should play rugby. Rugby has made a massive difference to my life and I want to see as many kids as possible get the chance to give it a go, regardless of their gender or what country they’re born in.
Thanks to a new partnership between ChildFund and World Rugby for Rugby World Cup 2019, over 20,000 thousand children from disadvantaged backgrounds across Asia will have the opportunity to benefit from the transformative power of sport.
It will mean that ChildFund Pass It Back can be expanded in Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines, and established in other developing countries in the region.
I’m proud to see the international rugby community getting behind such a good cause. I visited Laos to share my rugby skills and knowledge, but it was also such an important learning experience for me. I now have a much deeper understanding of the way rugby, and sport in general, can make a difference to children’s lives.
Like everyone at ChildFund, I believe that every child has the right to play, learn and grow.
To know that something I love so much can help so many people is incredibly rewarding.