The Brumbies Rugby Women’s XV are priming for the maiden Super W Competition program with the exciting news that they will face fixtures against their peers from around Australia when the new competition gets underway in March.
Under the tutelage of Head Coach Tony Doherty, the Women’s XV will kick-off their Super W campaign with a match against Western Australia in Canberra and will follow that up by welcoming the Reds to the National Capital.
Away matches with the Waratahs and Rebels will complete the round-robin fixtures with the top two sides set to play-off in the inaugural Women’s Super W Grand Final on Saturday 7 April.
The season will begin for the Women’s squad with participation in the expanded Brisbane Global Rugby Tens competition at Suncorp Stadium in Queensland where they will meet the abbreviated squads of their main rivals ahead of kick-off for the fifteen-a-side season.
That preparation will begin in earnest when the team heads to Albury for a pre-season trial match against Victoria in which the coaching staff will endeavour to put the finishing touches to the squad before the historic clash with Western Australia on the first weekend in March.
Head Coach Doherty, who was assistant coach of the Uni-Norths Owls First Grade team in the 2017 John I Dent Cup and previously led the Owls Women’s XV, has been appointed to lead the team into this inaugural campaign.
Doherty is looking forward to the challenges presented by the Tens tournament and believes the introduction of the Super W competition is another positive step for the development of the Women’s game in Australia.
“With the introduction of Women’s AFL and NRL competitions in Australia, the commencement of a Super W Competition has come at the optimal time after the World Cup this year to assist with the development of the Women’s Rugby game in Australia,” Doherty said.
“We are hoping that the Brumbies Women’s team will play in a style that’s similar to the Men’s team, with attack built off the back of a solid defence. With players coming to rugby from other sports, the hand eye co-ordination and the ability to adapt to the basics of rugby quickly, has ensured the success of Australian Women’s rugby, as displayed by our internationals sevens squad.”
The Brumbies Women’s squad’s participation in the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens will ensure that Doherty and his staff understand where the team is at as they look forward to the start of the Super W season.
“The Tens will provide all the Super W Teams an early season hit out to assess pre-season form against opposition teams,” Doherty said.
“It will allow the Brumbies Women’s Team an opportunity to display their skills in Brisbane in front of a large crowd and television audience. It should be a great occasion.”
Head Coach: Tony DOHERTY
Assistant Coach: Adam FAHEY
Manager: Julia LECKEY
Strength & Conditioning: Jovi ONG
Physiotherapist: Gemma THOMPSON
10 – Brisbane Global Rugby Tens
17 – Victoria (Trial – A)
3/4 – Western Australia (H)
10/11 – Bye
17/18 – Reds (H)
24/25 – Waratahs (A)
30 – Rebels (A)
7 – Grand Final
Venues and kick-off time to be determined.