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Meet the new Chair of England Deaf Rugby Union

By Sean Fletcher

Gina Iaqaniello continues her climb up the EDRU ladder.

Gina has been a driving force in re establishing the women's rugby squad, she works tirelessly on a daily basis as a volunteer and commits a huge amount of her time to the overall running of EDRU.

Gina is not not the captain of the womens team but she has also been a magnificent team manager to both the men's and women's squads. She is determined and organised and the smoothness of every event we attend is a tribute to her hard work.

We asked Gina for a few words when she was elected as the new Chair of England Deaf Rugby Union -

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I am absolutely honoured and delighted to have recently been voted Chair of England Deaf Rugby Union.

I have been involved as a player for about 7 years and seen the men’s squad grow from strength to strength over that time and they are now closely followed by the women.
Last season was truly immense with the Wales Fixtures, a 3 match test series against NZ Deaf for the men and the women playing more fixtures than ever and then culminating in both the men and women playing in the first ever Deaf Rugby 7’s World Cup in Australia.

I won’t lie it’s going to be a tough act to follow, however we have an amazing set of back room staff who work tirelessly on a day to day basis behind the scenes to make it all happen. Without their hard work and dedication it would be impossible.

I cant fail to mention the dedication and commitment of the players.
They are an amazing group of people who come together from all over the uk and the bond that is present across all the squads is phenomenal.
I was truly shocked at messages and feedback from all the players who travelled to Oz on their return saying how difficult they had found being back at home and work with people who were not deaf aware.

For most meeting up with EDRU is the only time they meet with other deaf people who understand the issues and it was for most somewhat liberating to be around people who understood whilst in Australia. They had all learnt some sign language along the way too.
This makes me realise exactly how important and crucial the work we do is in ensuring those who are deaf and hard of hearing are included into the sport of rugby.

I hope to continue doing all we can to ensure we continue with our work on spreading Deaf awareness and providing a platform for Deaf and Hard of hearing men and women to integrate into playing rugby

Updated 12:24 - 19 Aug 2018 by Sean Fletcher

Where next?

Another historic moment for EDRU EDRU men and women's squads to play against the full national Bulgarian teams in Sofia, Bulgaria.
EDRU (men) attend Rugbyfest Saturday 25th August 2018


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