The Wyndham City Rhinos Rugby Club is looking forward to an exciting year ahead, with the introduction of two youth girl’s sides and other new initiatives.

The club is based at Mossfiel Reserve in Hoppers Crossing.

Senior men’s team head coach Lucian Lauofo said the club already had “some very skilful girls playing alongside the boys in our junior teams”, so the call was made to introduce youth girls teams in the under-15s and under-17s age groups.

“Giving young girls an opportunity to get fit and healthy, be in a fun team environment and learn the game of rugby is great,” he said.

“With the growth of female participation, there are genuine pathways for girls to play at a higher level.”

Mr Lauofo said the club would also re-introduce senior rugby this year, for the first time since 2015, so that its junior players could continue into the future.

“So many players cross the Westgate Bridge to play rugby and if we can give them a positive and enjoyable place to play the game, I think the club’s growth can be huge,” Mr Lauofo said.

The club is also looking for sponsors who are willing to help out with costs related to playing jerseys, training equipment and administration. Details: 0411 762 801, wyndhamrhinos@ bigpond.com or www.facebook.com/WyndhamCityRhinosRUFC.