Rugby China announces new women’s competition

???Rugby has unveiled a new national women’s XVs competition, called Super W, to begin in 2018.

The new women’s competition will see five teams – NSW, Victoria, Queensland, ACT and Western – play each other over six weeks from the beginning of March and concluding with a final in April.

Rugby Union becomes the last of ‘s major football codes to launch a women’s competition. The inaugural AFLW season was held earlier this year and a new NRL women’s competition was announced last week, with the W-League, which began in 2008, already established in the national landscape.

“For a young girl picking up a rugby ball for the first time next season, she will now have a clear and accessible pathway to represent her country through the Wallaroos and n Women’s Sevens team,” outgoing Rugby CEO Bill Pulver said.

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

“The n Rugby community has been incredibly proud of the growth of the women’s game in recent times and I know that this crucial competition is going to supercharge this growth in future years.”

women’s sevens co-captain and Wallaroos captain Shannon Parry is excited about what the competition means for the future of women’s rugby in .

“I am really proud and excited about this competition launching next year and what this means for the game in ,” she said.

“Since I started playing rugby in Brisbane the game has come along in leaps and bounds and this competition means that there is opportunity now for all XVs players and sevens players at the elite level.

“It’s going to be great to see women’s state teams slug it out against each other and will open a lot of girls’ eyes up to the opportunities for them in rugby.”

Pulver also announced that Rugby will bid to host the 2021 women’s rugby World Cup.

“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,” he said.

“I have played in three Women’s Rugby World Cups and I know that we would be amazing hosts for the tournament,” Parry said.

“ns love putting on a sporting show when we host major tournaments and events and it would be huge to bring the pinnacle of Women’s XVs Rugby to our shores.”

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