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 knowledgeable 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 influence COVID could have on the worldwide rugby union applications subsequent yr.
Little question the Olympics is a big drawcard for them, however for my part in rugby league we now have one of the best total expertise of any oval ball sport.
We’ve state leagues, an NRLW competitors, an annual State of Origin fixture after which a world schedule on high of that. We’ve to market that clear illustration as finest as we are able to, to supply this expertise the prospect to have the ability to characterize at so many various ranges.
To me the important thing to attracting – and retaining – higher expertise is by searching for 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 might have been nice to have greater than three rounds and the grand remaining.
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, a few of the Sevens ladies will not be considering twice about enjoying once more? It might solely be a small step, however I feel it might be a big one.
I firmly consider we have to preserve shifting ahead. That is the third yr in a row the place the competitors has been capped at 4 groups, and even given the troublesome monetary local weather we must be 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 further groups. That comes again to having extra space and alternative for these which are adequate.
The extra time these ladies spend in knowledgeable atmosphere like an NRL membership the higher they are going to be and the sooner they’re going to enhance. That is not simply their bodily potential, that is their psychological capability, sport data and talent set too.
I might like for ladies 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 might be sensational.
The reply could be in creating a contest she merely cannot ignore.
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