Women's Rugby League has experienced exponential growth since 2019, but the newly expanded Women’s Super League which was due to get underway this weekend has now been postponed indefinitely.
With record crowds seen last year, and broadcasters choosing to show both major finals, this season was supposed to be consolidation of this hard-fought growth, but unlike the men, the women are yet to play a single game this season.
The league has expanded to 10 teams now, and is set to include a double-header Grand Final at Headingley, whilst the Challenge Cup final is also scheduled to be played in a triple header in Bolton alongside the men’s semi-finals.
With awareness and participation at an all-time high, this postponement comes at the worst possible time. Regarding the future of the season, and the implications of potential re-scheduling, Tom Brindle- head of the Women’s Super League told the Yorkshire Post- “The honest answer is we’re not quite sure at the moment.”
“As with the rest of the sport, we’ll reassess after the 3rd of April. We have a number of contingency plans in place to what will happen on the back of it but, until we have a clear direction of travel we just don’t know.”
Brindle says that having flexibility will be one of the key things to consider. Like most other professional sports, the possibility of a restructured and rescheduled competition is something that has to be considered.
Whilst multiple plans are in the works and players are doing their best to maintain fitness, the date of this year’s first Women’s Super League game is still very much an unknown quantity.
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