Brumbies women’s coach backs Super W to become professional

New Brumbies women’s coach Tony Doherty and player Jane Garroway. Photo by Karleen Minney.ACT Brumbies women’s coach Tony Doherty has backed Super W to become a professional league in the coming years on the back of the n women’s sport movement.

The inaugural Super W season kicks off in March but first the women will play in conjunction with the men at the Brisbane Global Tens on February 9-10.

Female players were the biggest winners when rugby’s new collective bargaining agreement was announced last week, with entry-level full-time minimum salaries for Super Rugby and male and female sevens players.

The Wallaroos will receive Test match payments for the first time and Doherty believes Super W players are next in line for a pay day as the competition grows.

“We have a few Wallaroos in the squad, so if they’re selected again this year they’ll get paid but it would be great to get all the Super W players paid,” Doherty said.

“We hope that will be the situation soon as it would put everyone on level pegging, currently most have to rely on their jobs for income and it would be awesome to have a professional income through rugby.”

The Brumbies held an open trial on Saturday which attracted more than 60 players from the ACT region, before Doherty named his 30-player squad on Sunday.

“We put the girls through fitness and skills sessions then had a few trial matches and it was an arduous task coming back to 30 names,” Doherty said.

“It’s great for the sport to have so much competition, we’ve selected a squad with some experienced players as well as some new and exciting talent.”

After the Brisbane tournament the women will play in a four-game round robin Super W season, with the top two teams playing a grand final.

“The NRL, ALF, Cricket and the W-League are all growing women’s sport and it’s great rugby is providing another platform for women’s sport to be on the big stage,” Doherty said.

“For our girls it’s about being competitive in all our games and the players are really excited for the opportunity and to be a part of n rugby history.”

ACT Brumbies: Emerena Aviga, Brittney-lee Bedford, Kate Brown, Louise Burrows, Skye Churchill, Peta Cox, Harriet Elleman, Charlene Gubb, Jess Howard, Anna Korovata, Michaela Leonard, Irene Macarthur, Shellie Milward, Georgia O’Neill, Tayla Stanford, Merrin Starr, Violeta Tupuola, Tania Afamasaga, Izzy Atkinson-Smith, Kiahan Bell-Chambers, Kasey Dragisic, Courtney Frankl, Jane Garraway, Ash Kara, Paremo Marsh, Kiara Meredith-Brown, Michelle Perry, Darcy Read, Cecelia Smith, Talei Wilson, Remi Wilton.