However ought to we be doing extra to make sure we retain them sooner or later?
Perhaps the reply is not in individually lobbying them to remain, however creating a contest that may be an expert path the place it may be actual employment for these athletes.
Travelling the world as Australian Sevens gamers and aiming for an Olympic Video games each 4 years is mainly their job, but it is nonetheless unsure what affect COVID may have on the worldwide rugby union packages subsequent yr.
Little doubt the Olympics is a large drawcard for them, however in my view in rugby league we now have the very best total expertise of any oval ball sport.
We’ve got state leagues, an NRLW competitors, an annual State of Origin fixture after which a global schedule on prime of that. We’ve got to market that clear illustration as finest as we will, to supply this expertise the prospect to have the ability to signify at so many various ranges.
To me the important thing to attracting – and retaining – higher expertise is by in search of to develop the variety of groups and size of the NRLW season. This yr COVID stunted any plans for a home-and-away season. It could have been nice to have greater than three rounds and the grand closing.
However who’s to say if we will not add both one or two groups subsequent yr and have all of them play one another twice throughout an expanded common season, among the Sevens ladies will not be considering twice about enjoying once more? It could solely be a small step, however I believe it might be a big one.
I firmly consider we have to maintain transferring ahead. That is the third yr in a row the place the competitors has been capped at 4 groups, and even given the tough monetary local weather we ought to be taking a look at enlargement for 2021.
There was such a excessive turnover of expertise within the first three years of the competitors so, in my thoughts, we now have sufficient high quality gamers to maintain additional groups. That comes again to having extra space and alternative for these which are ok.
The extra time these ladies spend in an expert atmosphere like an NRL membership the higher they are going to be and the quicker they’re going to enhance. That is not simply their bodily capability, that is their psychological capability, sport data and ability set too.
I might like for women to spend longer in these skilled environments.
Olympic gold medallist Emma Tonegato began enjoying rugby league. I might like to see her come again into rugby league. It could be sensational.
The reply may be in creating a contest she merely cannot ignore.
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