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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Rugby player aims to be "Last Woman Standing"

Some of you may be aware of Last Man Standing - a successful series on BBC3 for the past two or three years - which sends players from various sports and athletic pursuits around the world to compete in a variety of unusual, and invariably quite physical, "indigenous" sporting activities such as varieties of wrestling, canoe racing, stick fighting, endurance running, and archery. The series requires the competitors to fully immerse themselves into the lives of their hosts, live and train with them before each event.

On Tuesday the first women's version - Last Woman Standing - starts on BBC3 at 9pm, and one of the competitors is from women's rugby. Joni Swanston (right) is at Northumbria University where she plays in the back row for Team Northumbria in the Premiership, having previously played for Richmond and Ulster.

Previous men's series have featured three British and three Americans, but in this series Joni's four competitors  - a boxer, a personal trainer, a wakeboarder, and a distance runner/climber - are all from the UK. Hopefully Joni will do well in the series - though male rugby players have had mixed experiences in the past. If she does well it will certainly help raise the profile of the game.

Click here to see what Josh Lewsey makes of Joni and her chances.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:40 PM

    I just saw this on your site, many thanks for your support. I love playing rugby and I think so many girls/women will benefit from starting a sport which is seen as a 'male' sport. I have gained so much by playing rugby and making people more aware of the sport is definitely a big priority of mine!!

    I hope I do Women's Rugby Proud!

    Love Joni x


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