LILY Pearson’s battle to play the game she loves has taken her all the way to the top; to the hallowed corridors of the Dublin-based International Rugby Board. All Lily wanted to do was continue playing rugby union beyond the under 12s in the ACT Junior Rugby Union competition. The problem, writes TIM GAVEL, is that she was the only girl playing in a team with boys. Beyond the under 12s, the mixed gender guidelines preclude girls from playing rugby union with the boys. Lily’s story is just a click away…

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