Southland woman banned from men's rugby side

Last updated 21:55 24/07/2014
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NOT ALLOWED: April Miller has been banned from playing for the Pukerau team in the Southland-wide presidents grade competition.

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Rugby Southland has booted 18-year-old April Miller from the Southland-wide presidents grade competition, saying no females were allowed in senior competitions.

Miller's rugby-playing exploits featured in The Southland Times and Newslink last week.

The story outlined how the daughter of former Southland representative Wayne Miller, and niece of former All Black Paul Miller, was the sole woman playing in Southland's senior rugby grades.

With Southland not having a senior women's competition, Miller opted to join the Pukerau men's team and play in the Southland-wide presidents grade.

However, Miller has since been told she was not allowed to play.

Rugby Southland community rugby manager Don McFarlane stopped the only female playing in the Southland-wide club rugby competition from taking the field again.

"No girls are to play in men's rugby above primary-school age," McFarlane said.

"From an official perspective there should be no girls playing at that level in a men's team."

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