In 2019 World Rugby launched the global Try and Stop Us campaign using the inspirational stories of 15 ‘Unstoppable’ women from around the world.
Now, Asia Rugby and member unions are in search of their own ‘Unstoppables’
Asia Rugby received applications from 32 countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, UAE, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. In total, 84 applications came in
History of World Rugby 'Try and Stop Us'
World Rugby launched the campaign, alongside the Women In Rugby brand, in May, 2019, using the inspirational stories of 15 ‘Unstoppable’ women to normalise female participation and increase engagement.
The video that accompanied the launch has been watched more than 10 million times in the intervening 16 months.
As part of the three-year campaign, it was World Rugby’s intention to let regions and unions guide its second phase, lifting its profile locally in order to get people talking and boost participation numbers.
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Original Unstoppables from Asia
Of the 15 inspirational women and girls with unstoppable qualities from around the globe, four of them were from Asia Rugby
PHOENIX XU: “IF YOU START TO PLAY RUGBY, YOU CANNOT STOP”
China’s first female referee Phoenix Xu has lofty ambitions for herself and is eager to see more women take up refereeing in the Asian country.
SWETA SHAHI: “I WANT TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS AND CHANGE THE MINDSET”
Sweta Shahi found rugby by chance but is now an India sevens international and determined to change the perceptions of many in her country that women shouldn’t play the sport.
NAHID BIYARJOMANDI: “I BELONG TO A BIG FAMILY AND THAT IS THE RUGBY FAMILY”
Nahid Biyarjomandi believes that introducing children to rugby in Iran can help them overcome barriers and bring happiness to their lives.
NORFARAHANA AZIZ: “I FEEL VERY PROUD TO HAVE INSPIRED OTHER MALAYSIAN WOMEN TO PLAY RUGBY”
Norfarahana Aziz was the first to play rugby for Malaysia while wearing a hijab and has inspired other Muslim women to play the game she loves and has given her new opportunities in life.
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