England’s Women Rugby Team Offered Significant Enhancements in New Contracts
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced that England’s women rugby players have been offered new deals with “significant enhancements.” This move is seen as a big step forward for women’s rugby, and it highlights the RFU’s commitment to developing the sport.
New Contract Details
The new contracts will run up to three years, which is an improvement from one-year deals offered before. Additionally, the number of contracted players will increase by two to 32. The contracts contain significant pay rises although specific details about how much each player earns have not been disclosed by the RFU.
Future Opportunities for England Rugby Team
This development comes at an opportune time as England prepares to host the next World Cup in 2025. Last year, they were beaten finalists in the competition. Furthermore, they won this year’s Six Nations Grand Slam tournament held earlier this year.
Sarah Bern who plays for Bristol Prop has described these developments as a “great development” and stated that it reflects how far things have moved on in women’s rugby game.”
Other Enhancements Included In The Contracts:
- Improved match fees,
- Better opportunities for off-field development,
- “Revenue sharing if business targets are exceeded.”
Involving future Red Roses head coach John Mitchell was involved in contract talks alongside some key figures including Louis Deacon, Lou Meadows and Sarah Hunter, RFU executive director of performance Conor O’Shea and head of women’s performance Charlie Hayter. The Rugby Players Association general secretary Christian Day was also involved in the contract talks.
This is a significant moment for women’s rugby as it shows that sporting organizations are starting to recognize the value and potential of female athletes. It will provide stability for England players and incentivize them to continue striving towards glory on the pitch.