A celebration of women in rugby, the ladies who take to the field and those who work behind the scenes making it all possible. This four-week series of Women in Rugby Webinars made just for you by BrightRock will be hosted in aid of the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund.

The Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund has partnered with BrightRock to bring a series of webinars highlighting Women in Rugby. Those who take to the field and those whose roles off the field are often unseen, yet are all integral parts of the beautiful game.

In the past the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund and BrightRock have hosted successful Women in Rugby breakfasts in Cape Town and Johannesburg, where guests were treated to delicious breakfasts and inspirational conversations from women within the rugby community. With the COVID-19 pandemic, these face-to-face fundraising events are no longer possible, however the reason for fundraising is even more pronounced with 107 recipients of the Players’ Fund still requiring regular support.

Women in rugby week one speaker line upWeekly Zoom interviews will be hosted on Thursday nights throughout August from 19h30-20h30. The series will kick off on Thursday 6 August when chairman of the Players’ Fund and former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers will be interviewing Springbok women’s captain, Babalwa Latsha and Springboks 7’s Captain, Zintle Mpupha. Jeremy Harris will be the MC and guests are invited to sign up through Quicket here.

The following week (Thursday 13 August) will see the two-time winner of the Rugby World Cup, the former Springbok PR manager – Anne Lee Murray and her good friend Zelda la Grange – former PA to President Nelson Mandela. Together they will be sharing stories from their memories behind the scenes and a friendship that has been forged alongside the game of rugby. This interview will be conducted by trustee of the Players’ Fund and medical doctor, Phatho Zondi. 

The world has embraced enormous change over the past few months, learning to connect with others in new ways, thanks to technology and a new-found appreciation for time spent with family and friends. According to Suzanne Stevens, Deputy CEO of BrightRock, some of these changes provided the inspiration for this Women in Rugby webinar series and a different way for us to celebrate the women within the rugby community. “BrightRock’s philosophy is to Love Change – to embrace the opportunities that even unwelcome Change can bring to people’s lives, and there’s growing scientific evidence that this ability adapt is a skill that can be learned and honed,” she says.

“The recipients of the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund are some of the most inspirational examples of this ability, but so are the women who’ll be profiled in this series – they’re true change-makers in the rugby world. We’re proud to be able to partner with the Fund to raise funds and showcase some of these women”.

Speakers planned for the following two weeks will focus on; firstly, what it takes to bring up strong, caring and respectful sons within a rugby family and then secondly, the inside line on what it is like for female players, referees and members of the support team who share the love and passion with the rugby nation.

The Players’ Fund remain a phone call away and a vital member of the team behind every rugby player whose life was changed on the field and invite you to sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home and indulge in a side of rugby which we are rarely exposed to.