The RFU has confirmed that 10 clubs that have been offered places, subject to contract, in the new women’s domestic competition from September 2017. To be able to be competitive these teams will require new players, which means new opportunities for aspiring elite players. This opportunity comes at the right time with the World Cup of rugby schedule for August 2017 to show case these players to the new league. Please contact Lee Bennet General Manager of Women’s Rugby Recruitment at [email protected] .If you are interested, please register your profile please click on the following link.
The 10 successful teams that have been offered a place in the Women’s Super Rugby competition. are:
• Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
• Firwood Waterloo
• Harlequin FC
• Loughborough Students (Lightning)
• Richmond FC
All applicants will be required to deliver against a set of minimum operating standards, which are designed to create an infrastructure within the clubs to support an increasingly professional game.
The key focus of these minimum standards include:
• To develop a professional coaching resource to support players in training throughout the week
• To provide teams with regular and expert sports science support and medical provision for both training and match-days
• To improve the training and playing environment.
The competition will receive a multi-million pound investment from the RFU over the next three years to help deliver the minimum standards expected and provide high-quality coaching, facilities, training environments and community engagement plans.
Women’s Super Rugby, will begin its first season of the professionalised format of the RFU women’s domestic competition in September 2017, and is the first tier of the women’s English rugby union league system run by the Rugby Football Union. It will be contested by 10 English clubs.
The competition's structure has all the teams playing each other on a home and away basis. The top four teams at the end of the home-and-way season qualify for the play-offs which follow a 1 v 4, 2 v 3 system. The two winners will play in the final. All clubs will have to meet the RFU's Minimum Standards Criteria to remain in the competition. There is no promotion or relegation in the first two seasons of the competition.