Australia won the first ever Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens title in 2009
- IRB hosts its first Accelerated High Performance Women’s Rugby Workshop
- Programme designed to assist Unions implement best-practice policies for Women’s Game
- Elite women's players set on pathway to Olympic Games in 2016
The three-day event was attended by leading figures from the Game and global industry experts, with IRB Vice Chairman Bill Beaumont, New Zealand captain Victoria Grant and former England captain Catherine Spencer joined by representatives from 11 Unions, including England, Wales, Japan, Romania, Switzerland and Italy.
A key objective for all attending Unions was the development and subsequent implementation of an effective High Performance Plan that will include a potential pathway to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
“A strategic goal of the IRB Women’s Rugby Plan launched last week is to deliver a world-class Rugby Sevens women’s event at the Olympic Games in five years time and thanks to IOC funding for these Workshops, we have taken a significant first step in reaching that objective,” said Susan Carty, IRB Women’s Development Manager.
“The Workshops will assist Unions to develop and deliver structured High Performance Plans as they prepare for major tournaments and will ensure that Union plans include specific High Performance pathways for women. I am delighted that we have been able to set out clear best-practice principles in this area.”
The Workshop focused on strategies to deliver the best-possible High Performance pathway for elite Women’s Rugby players, with Olympic Games in 2016 and 2020 key goals for participating Unions in addition to major tournaments such as Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow and Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 in Paris.
The IRB will continue to provide support to Unions in the implementation of their four-year plans (2012-2016) using existing regional-based development officers and will replicate the Workshop in other IRB Regions over the next 12 months to involve as many Member Unions as possible.
The High Performance Workshop underscores the IRB’s commitment to ensuring Member Unions have access to expert advice and support structures to increase the competiveness and standard of the Women’s Game and develop the next generation of world stars.