Asia Rugby Women's Championship Division 1: Singapore v India

India targeting first test win in the Philippines

India are one of four teams contesting the Asia Rugby Women’s Championship Division I titles in the Philippines this weekend and vice-captain Neha Pardeshi has high hopes for their campaign as they target a first test victory.

India vice-captain Neha Pardeshi is anticipating an exciting Asia Rugby Women’s Championship Division I for all four sides, including her own.

India, Singapore, China and the Philippines will compete for this year’s title, but there is more at stake for Pardeshi’s side.

With the winner of this tournament remaining in the hunt for a place at Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021, Pardeshi has high hopes for India.

But having only competed in their first-ever women’s international 12 months ago in the same competition, her expectations are realistic.

“We had a great experience and exposure last year in Singapore,” said Pardeshi.

“We got to learn so many factors about 15s. India played against Singapore and Philippines last year which were ranked higher than us.

Women's rugby focus

“Although it was our first time playing 80 minutes, we believe we gave them a tough fight.”

This year there is a lot more exposure for rugby in India, with Naas Botha involved with the set up and Sweta Shahi featuring in World Rugby’s new Women in Rugby campaign.

At the end of last year, the Asia Rugby Women's U18 Championship was also hosted in India, adding further excitement for the sport in and outside of the country.

“The Under 18 Championship was a success and following that we have been spreading awareness and promotion of rugby.

“The tournament was a major boost for that. Over the world people have started showing interest in players, especially the women playing in India which is a step towards boosting women’s rugby in India.”

In India, similar to the men, the women now have a 16-team two-tier 15s tournament with a promotion and relegation system in place. It is one of the most competitive women’s domestic leagues in Asia. This alone is providing female players a pathway into the international arena.

Win a goal 

India are set to play in only their third and fourth test matches, having made history in 2018 with their first-ever women’s 15s internationals against Singapore and the Philippines.

This year they start their campaign against tournament hosts the Philippines on 19 June.

“As last year it was our first-ever time playing international 15s we surprised ourselves on how we played and performed.

“This year our aim is to win matches and show that India is capable to put a mark in 15s too.

“We have been training with coach Naas Botha and we are preparing us for the upcoming tournament.

“There are so many new structures we get to learn from them. We are all really looking forward to the tournament.”

The tournament will be streamed live on Asia Rugby’s Facebook page.

South Africa v Uganda - Rugby Africa Women's World Cup
Women's Feature News Tournament News Women in Rugby
Triple test for Springbok Women
Vice-captain Zinhle Ndawonde says the upcoming tests against Spain and Scotland will provide a good yardstick for her Springbok Women’s team.
Alana Gattinger - Photo: Arden Gill
Women's Men's Feature News Tournament News Women in Rugby
History-maker Gattinger relishing Rugby World Cup opportunity
Rugby Canada have broken new ground with team manager Alana Gattinger the first female appointed to the role for a Rugby World Cup.
Angela Ruggiero
Media release Women's Men's News Women in Rugby
Angela Ruggiero appointed independent member on World Rugby’s Executive Committee
World Rugby has announced the appointment of Olympic gold medallist, former International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board Member, and CEO of Sports Innovation Lab’s Angela Ruggiero as an independent member on its Executive Committee.
Women's 15s international: Colombia v Brazil
World rankings Women's News Women in Rugby
Colombia beat Brazil in historic international
Colombia enter the World Rugby Women's Rankings for the first time following a 28-7 win over Brazil in Medellin.
Brasil en Colombia
Women's News Women in Rugby
Colombia and Brazil ready to make history
Colombia and Brazil will play each other for the first time in a women's international at Estadio Cincuentenario in Medellín on Sunday.
WRWC17 A view of the USA team huddle 13/8/2017
Media release Women's News Tournament News Women in Rugby
World Rugby announces gender neutral naming for Rugby World Cup tournaments
World Rugby has announced that its flagship 15s and sevens Rugby World Cup properties will no longer include gender in their titles.
Namaka Public School GIR Plus girls with participants of the Oceania Rugby women in leadership participants
Women's Feature News Women in Rugby
Oceania holds inaugural Women's Leadership Workshop
The inaugural Oceania Women's Rugby Leadership Workshop took place in Fiji last week, attended by coaches, medical officials, development manager and women in leadership roles.
Annelies Acda - Women's Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient
Women's Feature News Women in Rugby
Annelies Acda: “I’m using this opportunity as a learning curve”
One of the World Rugby Women's Executive Leadership Scholarship recipients in 2019, Annelies Acda is determined to seize this opportunity to help improve her leadership skills in order to promote rugby, its core values and its ability to tackle a range of social issues in the Netherlands.
Kenya v Uganda - Rugby Africa Women's World Cup
World rankings Women's News Tournament News Women in Rugby
Kenya reach historic high in rankings
Despite missing out on automatic qualification for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021, Kenya can console themselves with a new all-time high position in the World Rugby Women’s Rankings.
Rugby Africa Women's Cup 2019: South Africa v Kenya - CREDIT: Gallo Images
Media release Women's News Tournament News Women in Rugby
South Africa qualify for Women's Rugby World Cup 2021
South Africa are the first regional qualifiers for Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 after beating Kenya to win the Rugby Africa Women's Cup which doubled as the qualification pathway.