I know I'm not the first to say it and hopefully I won't be the last, but the return of women's rugby to Northland has been well overdue.

It's great to a see a variety of competitions which started up last weekend, with a decent crop of teams ready to commit themselves to the rules and regulations which come with a formal rugby season.

There will be many people in the rugby community with more knowledge than I, stalwarts of the women's game who remember when a formal, union-run competition was in existence. Northland Rugby tells me it's been at

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