Women’s rugby in Papua New Guinea is on the right path after the historic signing of Joanne Butler to the ACT Brumbies for the upcoming Super W season.
The 23-year-old from Korere Village in Rabaul, has been offered a scholarship to join the Brumbies and is the first PNG woman to have a professional rugby contract.
This historic achievement is the result of a joint partnership between Oceania Rugby, World Rugby, Rugby Australia, and the Australian government’s PacificAus Sports program.
Butler has replaced the injured Samoan representative, Fa’alua Tugaga, with her selection marking a significant milestone for the sport in the region.
She will have the opportunity to play against some of Oceania’s best teams including defending Super W champs, the Fijiana Drua.