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NRL announce new Women's Premiership competition for 2018

NRL announce new Women's Premiership competition for 2018

Australia's National Rugby League will launch a women's competition next year with female participation in the sport soaring, it was announced Wednesday.

It's not known how many teams will take part in the competition in 2018.

The NRL confirmed up to six clubs would be granted initial licences for the competition, with games to be held as double-headers during next year's finals series.

"I believe that participating in the competition would be fantastic for the Vodafone Warriors, our fans, our commercial partners and most importantly be great for rugby league in New Zealand".

I just hope we see the next generation of Kezie Apps, Allana Fergusons and Ruan Sims to stay with the game and not be forced into other codes.

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The Women's Premiership will be launched next season, along with a State of Origin match on the stand-alone representative weekend in June and Test matches for the Jillaroos in the Pacific and New Zealand.

All women's teams will have a fully funded staff and all players will receive match-payments.

Much of that has been driven by the success of the Jillaroos, who have surpassed the once-dominant Kiwi Ferns to win back-to-back world titles, including Saturday's final in Brisbane.

Melbourne Storm chief executive Dave Donaghy said Victoria "should have a team" in the new competition and the club would work to determine if it had the facilities available to host one.

"We are not going to rush in with a larger competition until we have the numbers to give it the quality it deserves", he said. "Without doubt women's rugby is the fastest growing area of the game".


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