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Alisha Butchers, Natalia John, Siwan Lillicrap, Carys Phillips, Gwenllian Pyrs, Donna Rose and Keira Bevan, Hannah Jones, Jasmine Joyce, Ffion Lewis, Lisa Neumann, Elinor Snowsill have all secured full-time contracts based at the National Center of Excellence

Last update: 12/01/22 9:19 am

The Welsh Rugby Union awarded its female athletes full-time contracts for the first time

Full-time contracts were first awarded to a dozen leading Welsh players by the Welsh Rugby Union.

Alisha Butchers, Natalia John, Siwan Lillicrap, Carys Phillips, Gwenllian Pyrs, Donna Rose and Keira Bevan, Hannah Jones, Jasmine Joyce, Ffion Lewis, Lisa Neumann, Elinor Snowsill, are the first full-time athletes.

The 12-month deals, a first for women’s football in Wales, came into effect this week with players and managers based at the National Center of Excellence.

The 12 full-time athletes will be joined by 15 other players who will be awarded “maintenance contracts”, these names have not yet been announced.

“This is a very proud day for us as a governing body,” said Steve Phillips, Managing Director of the WRU. “I am very happy to be able to say that we have our first full time players who will represent Wales on the international stage.

“It will be a very demanding but unforgettable year for women’s rugby and these players – along with service contract players and other team members – will benefit from the full range of our expert support on and off the pitch for women. help them reach their potential. This is the start of an exciting journey for women and girls in Wales. “

The historic award of 12 full-time contracts will allow all of these players to be full-time professionals and have regular weekly contact with Head Coach Ioan Cunningham, the rest of the coaches and our scientific and medical team. expert. All of this will make a significant difference in the preparation, fitness and skills of the players to enable us to challenge the best teams in the world.

Nigel Walker – WRU Performance Director

“It was a difficult but enjoyable process. Thank you to all the players who gave us headaches in selection,” said Ioan Cunningham, Wales Women’s head coach. “We are all now very excited to start the program.

“Talent and ability were the first element in our selection process and then the potential growth of the individual player as well as his attitude.

“The conversations offering contracts were nice to have even though often quite emotional. Some of the players had some logistical issues to resolve from a personal and professional standpoint, but it’s great to have them at the National Center of Excellence. now that we are starting to lay the groundwork for improvement.

“We have developed a close working relationship with Allianz Premier 15s players’ clubs and I have no doubts that our program will prove to be beneficial for all parties.”

The 2022 Women’s Six Nations will kick off on March 26, with the Wales Women heading to Ireland for their first match of the competition. They will also travel to England, while hosting Scotland, France and Italy during the tournament.




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