The 2021 Buildcorp Super W season is set to be more competitive than ever, following the inclusion of a sixth team, the President’s XV.
The President’s XV will mainly consist of players from NSW and Queensland, reflecting the depth of talent in these States. It is also expected to feature a select number of players from the Aon University Sevens Series, which culminates with the Final Round on the weekend of May 15/16.
The President’s XV team has been named in honour of Rugby Australia’s Women’s Rugby President, Josephine Sukkar, who has been pivotal in the development of Women’s Rugby in the country.
The former Netherlands Sevens player, Inge Visser, who relocated to Australia in 2013, has been appointed as Head Coach of the team. Visser is currently part of World Rugby’s Coaching Internship Program with strong ambitions to coach at the top level.
Visser said: “I am thrilled to be leading this group of amazing athletes in the Buildcorp Super W competition this year.
“It a great opportunity for these women to test themselves against the best Rugby players in the country. I expect the team will be competitive and challenge all the opposition we play.
“World Rugby, Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby have been very supportive in my development as a coach over the past two years, and I am really grateful for the opportunities I have been provided.”
The fourth season of the Buildcorp Super W competition comes off the back of another successful year of women’s and girls’ rugby. Despite COVID-19 impacts, female Rugby participation in club competitions grew by 10% in 2020, with more teams, competitions, and programs available than ever before.
The tournament will kick off on Saturday June 19 with further details announced in the near future.
Buildcorp Group Managing Director Tony Sukkar AM said: “The 2021 Buildcorp Super W represents a pivotal season, as it will lead into a big calendar of Test matches and 2022 World Cup preparations. It also comes on the back of a challenging year, where our athletes and coaching teams worked hard to stay match fit and adapt to restrictions and disruption.
“Buildcorp is proud to have maintained all of our rugby partnerships regardless of the impacts the pandemic placed on the sport, our communities and our Nation. The continued growth of women’s Rugby XVs reinforces the importance of the Buildcorp Super W and we look forward to another thrilling competition.”