Welsh Rugby Association: First full – time professional contracts awarded to women Rugby Union News

Alisha Butchers, Natalia John, Siwan Lillicrap, Carys Phillips, Gwenllian Pyrs, Donna Rose and Keira Bevan, Hannah Jones, Jasmine Joyce, Ffion Lewis, Lisa Neumann, Elinor Snowsill, all won full-time contracts under the National Center of Excellence

Last update: 12/01/22 9:19

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Welsh Rugby Union awarded its female athletes full-time contracts for the first time

For the first time, Welsh Rugby Union has awarded full-time contracts to ten of Wales’ leading players.

Alisha Butchers, Natalia John, Siwan Lillicrap, Carys Phillips, Gwenllian Pyrs, Donna Rose and Keira Bevan, Hannah Jones, Jasmine Joyce, Ffion Lewis, Lisa Neumann, Elinor Snowsill are the first full-time athletes.

The 12-month contract, the first women’s game in Wales, entered into force this week with players and management based at the National Center of Excellence.

The 12 full-time athletes will be joined by another 15 players who will receive “retention contracts”, these names have not yet been announced.

“It’s a very proud day for us as a governing body,” said Steve Phillips, WRU CEO. “I am very pleased to say that we have the first full-time players to represent Wales on the international stage.

“This will be a very challenging but memorable year for women’s rugby, and these players – along with substitutes and other team members – will benefit from a range of our experts on and off the field to help them reach their potential. This is the beginning of an exciting journey for women and girls in Wales. โ€

The historic award of 12 full-time contracts will allow all these players to become full-time professionals and have regular weekly contact with head coach Ioan Cunningham, the rest of the coaches and our professional scientific and medical team. All this will significantly change the preparation, condition and skills of the players so that we can challenge the best teams in the world.

Nigel Walker – CEO of WRU

“It was a challenging but enjoyable process. Thanks go to all the players who caused us a headache in the selection,” said Ioan Cunningham, head coach of Wales Women. “We are all very excited now that the program will begin.

“Talent and ability were the first element in our selection process and then the potential growth of individual players along with their approach.

“The contract talks were nice, although they were often quite emotional. Some players had logistical problems that they had to deal with personally and professionally, but it’s great to have them at the National Center of Excellence now that we’re starting to ask questions.” laid the groundwork for improvement.

“We have developed close working relationships with Allianz Premier 15s players’ clubs and I am confident that our program will benefit all parties.”

2022 Women’s Six Nations begins March 26, the Welsh travelers travel to Ireland for their first match in the competition. They will also travel to England, along with hosting in Scotland, France and Italy during the tournament.

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