RFU announces plan to improve women's league

The RFU has announced a 10-year plan around Premier 15s, with the goal to “professionalise the women’s league in England and make it ‘the most competitive, progressive and sustainable domestic competition in the world.’”  It plans to “establish a new company with its own chief executive … who will report to a new, independent board of directors.” There will be at least 10 teams in the league, and the “hope is to broaden the reach of women’s rugby by having clubs covering the whole of England.” The overall cost is expected to be $267M with revenues of $209M. The resulting loss “will be covered by the RFU and clubs from the 2023-24 season onwards” (LONDON TIMES, 7/1).

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