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International Women's Day | Ranni Samuda

Ranni Samuda | Gloucester-Hartpury

On International Women’s Day, Gloucester Rugby sat down with some of the women behind the badge to learn more about them and their roles within the club.

Firstly, how did you get into playing rugby?

"I actually started playing really late, I played in school for PE when you had to and then I actually started playing when I was 21. My brother was playing and they were starting a women’s team and they asked whether I wanted to join as I was already there every weekend watching."

You’ve been studying for your degree alongside playing rugby, what’s that been like?

"Honestly, it’s been intense, really intense. It has been good as I’ve had to really learn how to balance everything and being able to manage my time well so that’s been helpful in lots of aspects."

One of your roles alongside playing for Gloucester-Hartpury is also helping with the media, is that something you’re passionate about, trying to help grow the women’s game?

"The men are all over social media, and I feel like the girls need to be there as well. I sort of just fell into the role. I wanted to make sure that the girls are all over social media, they deserve to be exactly the same as the men and so I really want to try and help with media."

With the Women’s TikTok now sponsoring the Six Nations do you think that will help with raising the profile of the women’s game?

"I think it’s important for the younger players to see women’s rugby over social media. It’s the classic, you can’t be what you can’t see, and that is so important. TikTok is going to be huge as it’s targeting such a younger market which is important.

"Instagram and Twitter are important, but Tiktok is massive for the market. It’ll be good because it will get younger girls interested in the game and hopefully, they’ll get involved."

How was your time with Jamaica in Barbados?

"I got invited to play 10s for the side, it was an invitational team so there were girls from the USA, some girls came over from the Jamaican 7s team and then obviously I came from Gloucester! It was the year before COVID, but I am still in the group chat, so fingers crossed for the future! It was so hot over there, I expected it to be hot, but not that hot! It was 35 degrees on the day of the final!"

Where’s next for you with your playing career?

"I think I just want to be the best that I can be for Gloucester-Hartpury and myself. I know that Jamaica is looking to bring in a 15s team so If I can get picked and play for them that’ll be great, but also, I am just happy where I am right now."

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