Rugby Australia’s bid to not fall behind in the fast moving women’s sporting revolution has resulted in female players going unpaid, an advocate says.
Outgoing RA boss Bill Pulver has conceded players in the national women’s XVs competition, rebranded this week as Super W, will not be renumerated for their efforts due to being considered amateurs.
Super W is the latest women’s competition by a major Australian sporting code, following the WBBL, W-League, AFLW and NRL Women’s Premiership, with the latter announced this month.
RA believes the competition will provide greater pathways to elite — and paid — involvement in the game and has been hailed by Wallaroos co-captain Shannon Parry as a huge step forward for women’s rugby.
“For the girls to have week-in, week-out strong competition, it’s a lot better for the (national) team,” Parry said.
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