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Rugby Australia plans for ongoing growth of women’s game
Despite missing out to New Zealand for the hosting rights for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup, Rugby Australia is to continue its push to further the growth of the women’s game.
Participation levels for women’s rugby in Australia have increased by 20% off the back of last year’s Super W series and with the platform laid for future growth for the league, all matches will be shown live on Kayo Sports in 2019, while FOX Sports Australia will play back every doubleheader.
There will also be an additional Finals match in 2019 with a Grand Final Playoff between the second and third-placed teams on the table, who will play-off for a berth in the decider against the first-placed side.
Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle explained “the hype of last year’s competition has brought forward a new era for Women’s Rugby in Australia, and we’ve seen a 20% increase in female XVs participation since Super W last year.
"Queensland and RugbyWA both doubled their playing pool ahead of squad selection while Melbourne Rebels enjoyed a 150% rise and ultimately selected 14 new players in this year’s team.
“The competition gives our players top level game time, week-in, week-out which will hold them in the best possible stead for an action-packed international calendar in 2019.
"We are energised and excited to continue to build on the platform of growth we have set in women’s rugby in recent years."
Rugby Australia has also signed a four-year deal with M.J. Bale which will see the Australian-owned fashion brand kit out the Qantas Wallabies, Buildcorp Wallaroos, Junior Wallabies, Qantas Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens as well as Australian Referees with all of their off-field uniforms.
Images: Action Sydney7s Cup womens final on 3rd February (top) and Australian team captains at today's Super Rurgby season launch (below).
5th February 2019 - Rugby Australia Chief Executive enthusiastic about World League plans
26th January 2019 - Mars Stadium Ballarat prepares for first Super Rugby clash
15th January 2019 - Rugby Australia reports rising participation through 2018
16th November 2018 - New Zealand secures 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup hosting
20th May 2018 - Raelene Castle shares plan to revive Australian rugby
14th November 2017 - NSW Government announces strategy for future of women’s sport
13th March 2017 - World Rugby launches eight-year strategy to grow women’s game
29th November 2016 - Rugby sevens’ popularity rises in the wake of Australian women’s win at Olympics
2nd September 2016 - Venues announced for HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2016/17
28th August 2015 - Record growth in women’s rugby league
26th January 2015 - ARU to reintroduce National Women’s rugby Championship
25th May 2014 - IRB to expand Women’s Rugby World Cup
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