Rugby Australia Announces National Women’s Competition and World Cup Bid

Rugby Australia will run a national women’s competition next year.

The Super W 15-a-side competition, comprising of five teams, will get underway in March 2018.

Outgoing Rugby Australia boss Bill Pulver today also announced the governing body was bidding for the 2027 World Cup as well as the 2021 women’s global showpiece.

Australia hasn’t hosted a World Cup since the hugely successful 2003 tournament in which the Wallabies lost to England in the final in Sydney.

Australia co-hosted the first-ever Rugby World Cup in 1987 with New Zealand and is up against South Africa and Argentina for the 2027 edition.

The unveiling of the Super W competition follows last week’s announcement that the NRL would also kick off a national women’s competition next year.

Every major football code in Australia now has a women’s competition, with soccer’s W-League almost a decade old and the AFLW beginning last season.

Women’s rugby received a surge in interest when the Australian sevens team won gold at last year’s Olympics.