The New Zealand Rugby Federation (New Zealand Rugby) will have to pay a fine of 280,000 New Zealand dollars (about 169,000 euros) for non-compliance with the rules of gender equality. Indeed, Sport New Zealand, the body in charge of sport in the country, has required the various sports organizations to present at least 40% of women on their boards of directors before December 2021.
New Zealand Rugby currently has only three out of nine members. According to the local press, the Rugby Federation is the only one of the 65 major sports organizations in the country not to have complied with this obligation. ” NZ Rugby Board acknowledges failing to meet Sport New Zealand’s requirement and accepts financial penalty “, reacted Stewart Mitchell, the president of the Federation.