She's Got Game: Why NZ Rugby needs women on their board

New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey is promising to act on the lack of female representation on the organisation's board. In its 124 year existence, there's never been a woman on the New Zealand Rugby board - an issue that's becoming an increasing source of embarrassment for an organisation that prides itself on being leaders on and off the field. At last month's AGM, Impey issued an extraordinary plea to the rugby community urging it to do more to promote women in governance roles. On this week's episode of She's Got Game, Impey fronts for the first time to explain why the sport must address the issue.

Impey's push for gender diversity on the board represents a marked shift from the underwhelming response from NZ Rugby when previously challenged on the issue.

In 2012 the Human Rights Commission launched a campaign calling for rugby to address its lack of diversity after a survey found only four of the 26 unions around the country had a woman on its board.

In a brutal assessment of the national game, then commissioner Dr Judy McGregor labelled rugby as "the last bastion of chauvinism" - a view Impey is determined to change.

Also this week, we join canoe slalom star Luuka Jones in the gym as she shows us how she prepares her body for the grueling challenges she faces on the water.

And finally, as the Tall Ferns embark on their Olympic qualifying journey, Radio Sport's basketball commentator Brenton Vannisselroy talks us through the difficult road the team have ahead of them.


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