Rugby Australia have launched a five-team Super W competition kicking off in March 2018 which it believes will re-define the landscape for women’s 15s in the country.

Australia’s five State representative teams – Queensland, NSW, ACT, Victoria and Western Australia – will compete around the country in a six-week competition which will conclude with a final in April.

The new Women’s National 15s competition, Super W, is the second national women’s competition to be launched this year after the successful first season of the Aon University Sevens Series that was held from August to September.

The Super W competition will provide greater opportunity for 15s players across the country, lift the standards of rugby and re-define the pathway to the Wallaroos.

Complete pathway

In a further exciting development for women’s rugby, Rugby Australia also confirmed on Wednesday that it would bid to host Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021.

Outgoing Rugby Australia Chief Executive Bill Pulver said: “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 Buildcorp Wallaroos and Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team.

“Super W will allow our women’s 15s players the opportunity to play in a high-quality competition, fully entrenched within the professional programmes at each state giving them access to elite coaching and high-performance facilities. This will make the Buildcorp Wallaroos a significantly stronger outfit moving forward.

“The pathway is now complete in both with the Aon University 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.

“The Australian 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.”

Opportunities opening up

Australia sevens co-captain Shannon Parry, who also captained the Wallaroos to sixth place at Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017, said: “I am really proud and excited about this competition launching next year and what this means for the game in Australia.

“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 15s 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.

“I have played in three Women’s Rugby World Cups and I know that we would be amazing hosts for the tournament. Australians 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 15s rugby to our shores.”