Rugby

How 26 Indian Women made Rugby History

India is glued to the cricket World Cup

The likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are trending on social media. Most TV screens in the country come on at 3 pm every day, after English breakfasts in the west are over. But far away from the euphoria of the cricket, in the Philippines, on Saturday, 26 Indian girls did something never done before by any Indian women’s rugby team — winning their first ever international 15s rugby match. Some left kids at home for grandparents to baby-sit, some had even left their jobs to do what they love. India beat Singapore 21-19 to finish third in the four-team Asia Women’s Division 1 Rugby XVs Championship.

The news was buried somewhere on Twitter. Rugby India had posted: “Our Indian Women’s Rugby Team creates HISTORY!!!” The word in all caps demanded instant attention. “India pull off a stunner against top ranked Singapore to register their first ever test match victory! We tip our hats to you ladies. Go INDIA.”

The tweet was hashtagged #JoinTheJourney. But it took a while before people really started understanding the enormity of the achievement.

A video posted by Rugby Asia, which showed one inconsolable player not being able to stop her tears after the win, showed just what this win meant for the team.

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