First players’ union in women’s rugby to support Premier 15s competitors | Rugby Union News

Women’s Rugby Association CEO Danielle Waterman: “Players also need to have the opportunity to make their voices and collective opinions heard to make sure they can help shape the progression and sustainability of the game they are at the center of.” .

Last updated: 12/13/21 7:45 am


Bristol and Wales flanker Alisha Butchers (center) was forced to fund an operation to repair damaged ankle ligaments

A women’s union is launched for the first time to provide support for Allianz Premier 15 competitors.

Former English full-back and World Cup winner Danielle Waterman has been named CEO of the Women’s Rugby Association (WRA) with the aim of providing a collective voice in the competition.

The WRA will also offer guidance in negotiating commercial contracts and agreements and seek the implementation of consistent medical and care services among Premier 15.

It comes when Wales and Bristol flanker Alisha Butchers was forced to finance an operation to repair damaged ankle ligaments.

The injury was reported during a training session in Bristol earlier this year and it later emerged that the club’s insurance would only cover part of the surgery, forcing her to raise the money online.

“At a pivotal time in domestic women’s rugby, it is important that players are properly supported and protected on and off the pitch so they can give their best in rugby and beyond,” said Waterman.

“Players also need to have the opportunity to have their collective voices and opinions heard to make sure they can help shape the progression and sustainability of the game they are at the heart of.”

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