‘A tear in the eye moment’: Burrows eyes World Cup record and Super W

The chance to play at a fifth and final World Cup on home soil looms as the perfect motivation for Wallaroos veteran Louise Burrows to until she’s 43 years old.

But it was the news of a new national women’s rugby union competition, the Super W, that brought a tear to her eye on Wednesday.

Rugby launched the inaugural Super W season in Sydney, with the ACT Brumbies to enter a team in the five-side competition.

RA also announced its intention to bid for the 2021 women’s World Cup and the 2027 men’s World Cup as part of its aim to grow the game.

Burrows has already started training with the Brumbies women and is considering playing for another four years to chase what would be a remarkable World Cup record.

Hooker Burrows has already played at four World Cup tournaments and is keen to keep going for as long as her body allows her to pack down in scrums.

And the small luxuries of the Super W could pave the way for Burrows to achieve her goal. For the first time in her 20-year career, Burrows doesn’t have to pay for a gym membership or sell raffle tickets to fund her travel for games.

The Super W is following in the footsteps of the AFLW and the Women’s Big Bash League in funding travel and training programs.

“It did bring a tear to my eye when they officially announced it,” Burrows said.

“We started in the gym this week … it’s the first time in my 20-odd years we’ve started a pre-season before Christmas.

“I guess I was a bit envious of the AFLW and all the sports, but so proud of women’s sport. As a female athletes, you want all female sports to succeed.

“I did hope I would still be playing when it happened for rugby. It’s really a step in the right direction for us.”

Tony Doherty will coach the ACT women’s side, which will start a four regular-season games in March against rivals from Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Western .

The ACT squad will be cut to 30 next year, but has already started training in the gym and will have a field session on Saturday.

The NRL will launch a women’s season next year, but the Canberra Raiders will delay bidding on a licence until they have the appropriate facilities at a proposed new base in Civic.

Outgoing RA chief executive Bill Pulver said the new competition would provide a pathway for young girls to the Wallaroos and n women’s sevens team.

“Super W will allow our women’s XVs players the opportunity to play in a high-quality competition, fully entrenched within the professional programs at each state giving them access to elite coaching and high-performance facilities,” Pulver said.

“This will make the Wallaroos a significantly stronger outfit moving forward.

“The pathway is now complete in both with the sevens series and Super W working in tandem to provide elite opportunities for players in both formats of the game.

“Bidding for the women’s rugby World Cup I hope signifies to the community how serious we are about making rugby a game for all and growing female participation.

“If we are successful with our bid, it will have an immediate and significant impact on women’s rugby.”

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