URC chiefs pledge to explore option of women’s competition ‘sooner rather than later’


URC chiefs have pledged to explore a women’s competition “sooner rather than later”.

However, CEO Martin Anayi insisted that unions must be involved in the plans.

The IRFU has yet to develop firm structures for the sport in that country, while there is still no confirmation as to whether their 15s players will be able to enjoy contract status like their Sevens players.

“I spoke to stakeholders about this yesterday,” Anayi said.

“More than half of our employees are women and we asked them what they wanted and a competition for women was in the top three answers from everyone.

“It’s not just about the market, it just feels like we should have a women’s competition. We’re just a tournament organiser, so we asked the unions because they pay the players.

“And we saw what they did to Premier XVs in England.

“We spoke to World Rugby because they have a competition going on and we also spoke to Ben Morel from the Women’s Six Nations.

“And we believe that the URC can play a role in the Women’s Six Nations and how that can become even stronger. We want to be part of that.

“There are a number of problems. Is it 16 teams? Are we getting it going sooner rather than later? yes we should

“We have women’s teams in Ireland that are hit and miss elsewhere. There is a will, but unions need to be involved and we are studying how that comes about.” URC chiefs pledge to explore option of women’s competition ‘sooner rather than later’

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