The Locker Room

Kosovo rugby club shortlisted for Rhino Grass Roots Rugby Award

Kosovan women's rugby pioneers Balkans Lynx Rugby Club are the fourth and final organisation to be shortlisted for the 2018 Rhino Grass Roots Rugby Award.

The Pristina-based rugby club is the country's first-ever women's rugby club and was set up in 2017 by American Bronwyn Jones together with coaches Mark Barrett and Simon Gill, who hail from England and Ireland.

In a society where 'it's not even common for women to go to the gym', the Balkans Lynx Rugby Clubs has managed to build a squad of 25 players and started to compete competitively – albeit having to travel outside of Kosovo for matches to places such as Bulgaria, due to being the only women's side in the country. 

Bronwyn and Balkans Lynx Rugby Club have also played a key role in the wider game in Kosovo, helping to put together the country's first-ever Rugby Federation – the main picture is the side celebrating its formation – and also meeting the International Olympic Committee. They're now applying for funding from Rugby Europe and a distant dream is even a place at Tokyo 2020. 

Balkans Lynx Rugby Club
Football pitches are the only option for training in Kosovo

But perhaps the biggest impact of the club has been on the wider society, where Bronwyn has helped challenge perceptions. “With the guys and girls, you have to explain a lot of the culture around rugby, about tolerance, respect, and diversity, which is such a good thing in Kosovo, especially when you look at the way the women are treated,” says Bronwyn. “When you start playing rugby you know that you’re a rugby player, that’s it."

Reg Clark, CEO of Rhino, said of the nomination: "Balkans Lynx Rugby Club are true pioneers of grass roots rugby and a very worth nominee – they've achieved so much in such a short time and are making a real difference to their community and society in Kosovo." 

Balkans Lynx Rugby Club are joined by United World Games, Shibuya International Rugby Club and SOS Kid Aid as finalists. The winner will be announced on 27th December 2018.

To find out more about Balkans Lynx Rugby Club, visit


Previous winners of the Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award:

2015                TAG RUGBY TRUST   (UK)

2016                KAMPUCHEA BALOPP (Cambodia)

2017                SKRUM  (Swaziland)


Post a Comment!


2003 adam jones Agility poles agility training all blacks alun wyn jones apparel awards billy vunipola breakdown equipment british & irish lions British and Irish Lions Cambridge university cambridge university rufc Cardiff Blues Climbing Bags coaching tips Collision King competition contact equipment Corner Pole Protectors David Flatman duncan mcrae Eddie Jones Edinburgh rugby england england rubgy england rugby scrum machine finalist finn russell fitness fitness drills forwards front row Gatland georgia georgia rugby german rugby germany rugby grand slam grass roots rugby award grassroots rugby gregor townsend Grid Marker guinness pro12 harlequins Hit Shield International Hit Shield ireland israel jackal rings James Haskell jason leonard jeremy guscott jonathan davies leisurewear Lineout Net Lions lions tour 2001 loosehead loosehead prop low Low Tackle bag maku vunipola matchday balls maul pads maul training mauling mauling machine mighty oaks Millennium Stadium Moon Flags new zealand NZ 2017 One-man Scrum Machine ospreys owen farrell oxford university oxford university rfc playing kit playing shirts Post Protectors PowaSled premier sled prop forwards prop star props RBS Six Nations reg clark rhino rhino golden boot rhino prop star Rhino Rugby rhino teamwear Richard Cockerill romania rugby Ronan O'Gara Ruck Warrior Rugby rugby balls rugby charity rugby europe rugby europe championship rugby israel rugby kit rugby pack rugby post protectors rugby scrum machines rugby shirts rugby union Rugby World Cup russia rugby russian rugby sam davies Saracens scarlets scotland scrum scrum machine scrum machines scrum training sevens sevens rugby sevens training Six Nations Soft Cones sos kit aid spain spain rugby spanish rugby speed speed drills speed training Stuart Hogg Tackle Bags Tackle Suit The Lions tighthead tighthead prop Tom Shanklin training Training Cones training equipment Twickenham Varsity Match Wales Warren Gatland Wayne pivac welsh rugby scrum machine World Cup Hit Shield world rugby




Has been added to your cart successfully!

Has been added to your wishlist successfully!


The weight of the products in your shopping cart exceeds 30kg, which entitles you to a possible lower rate on delivery charges. Please get in touch before you checkout.

Please click the chat button at the bottom of the Rhino Direct webpage to speak to a live chat agent. Please note: the form will only become active outside of our normal business hours.

Net Orders Checkout

Item Price Qty Total
Total £0.00

Shipping address