Captain of Scotland Ladies Rachel Malcolm has mentioned the brand new WXV event that was introduced this week is a “large step ahead” for the sport.
World Rugby introduced on Tuesday that it has invested £6.4million within the new “landmark” WXV event, which can launch in 2023 and feed into the expanded 2025 Rugby World Cup.
The competitors will embrace 16 groups break up into three tiers, with qualification based mostly on regional tournaments together with the Six Nations.
“I feel it’s an enormous step ahead,” the 29-year-old mentioned on the Scottish Rugby Podcast alongside Al Kellock, Chris Paterson and Jamie McMillan.
“I feel we’ve seen extra Assessments throughout the ladies’s sport within the final couple of years, notably for Scotland having these additional autumn Assessments, and it’s made an enormous distinction to us as a workforce in our improvement and our studying.
“To have these assured fixtures within the calendar yearly is very large for us and it will likely be the identical for a lot of different international locations who don’t get a variety of Assessments. It’s sensible for ladies’s rugby simply to maintain pushing the sport on and hopefully get extra engagement with the ladies’s sport as effectively as a result of that might be large as hopefully they are going to push the broadcasting aspect of it and get the sport on the market.
“The largest factor is funding. Inside the ladies’s sport we’re not asking for lots, we’re simply asking for funding and that is precisely what that is. For us to progress and play at a greater commonplace it does take that and I feel it’s simply sensible to see that World Rugby’s exhibiting that the ladies’s sport is for the long run and they’re going to put money into it and they’re going to get us on the market.
“The one manner we transfer ahead over the following few years is to get extra women taking part in and get women taking part in at a excessive commonplace and this can be a sensible alternative for that.
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