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ACT Brumbies to join Rugby Australia's first Super Rugby women's competition

ACT Brumbies to join Rugby Australia's first Super Rugby women's competition

There'll be many challenges for incoming Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle, when she begins officially next month.

"Having followed Rugby closely for over 30 years and having worked in the New Zealand and Australian sporting environments for the past 10 years, there is no doubt Australian rugby has a clear global and domestic offering for both male and female athletes that can be further developed and strengthened".

"It's a consideration and it's interesting the media have an enormous fascination with it", Castle said when asked about her ascension to one of the top jobs in Australian sport.

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"When I was CEO of Netball New Zealand, netball, cricket and rugby worked really closely together, sharing ideas, sharing high performance (approaches)", she said.

"I am really proud and excited about this competition launching next year and what this means for the game in Australia", Parry said.

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"For a young girl picking up a rugby ball for the first-time next season, she will now have a clear and accessible pathway to represent her country through the Wallaroos and Australian Women's Sevens team".

"My experience in rugby league was very strong". She had overseen a contract extension for coach Des Hasler amid a swathe of negativity, particularly on the part of Bulldogs fans who were upset at the club's style of play, only for Hasler then to be shown the door himself. That's not just men, that's women.

"So we know that we're in a race and we have to be a sport of choice".

Castle replaces Bill Pulver, who said in August that he was stepping down as soon as a replacement could be found, and she faces a tough task trying to unify a sport that was riven by infighting and off-field controversy this year.

The Super W 15-a-side competition, comprising of five teams, will get underway in March 2018. The Perth-based Force were eventually dumped from the competition. The [player] depth issue I think will change now with going to four teams, so that means we will have four teams that are more competitive. "If we are successful with our bid, it will have an immediate and significant impact on Women's Rugby".