Rugby Australia unveils 'Super W', will bid for 2021 Women's World Cup

Australian rugby will have a national women's XV competition in 2018 in a move that brings it alongside the AFL and NRL, and Rugby Australia's own fledgling sevens competition, in terms of development of women's sport Down Under.

And in further good news for the code, Rugby Australia has also signalled its intention to bid for the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2021.

Just a day after former Canterbury Bulldogs NRL boss Raelene Castle was unveiled as Rugby Australia's new chief executive, replacing the outgoing Bill Pulver, the governing body moved to continue its growth in female participation by developing the pathway to Test rugby within the women's game.

"Super W" will kick-off in March next year and feature five State representative teams from New South Wales, Queensland, ACT, Victoria and Western Australia.

"For a young girl picking up a rugby ball for the first-time next season, she will now have a clear and accessible pathway to represent her country through the Buildcorp Wallaroos and Qantas Australian Women's Sevens team," Pulver said via a media release.

"Super W will allow our Women's XVs players the opportunity to play in a high-quality competition, fully entrenched within the professional programs at each state giving them access to elite coaching and high-performance facilities. This will make the Buildcorp Wallaroos a significantly stronger outfit moving forward.

"The pathway is now complete in both with the Aon University Sevens Series and Super W working in tandem to provide elite opportunities for players in both formats of the game."

After finishing a respectable fifth at this year's Women's World Cup in Ireland, Australia's national side, the Wallaroos, will now have a formalised competition from which to monitor and select talent.

And buoyed by the prospect of hosting the tournament in 2021, the Wallaroos will be out to match the exploits of their Olympic champion sevens counterparts, the Pearls.

"Bidding for the Women's Rugby World Cup I hope signifies to the community how serious we are about making Rugby a game for all and growing female participation. If we are successful with our bid, it will have an immediate and significant impact on Women's Rugby."

"The Australian Rugby community has been incredibly proud of the growth of the Women's Game in recent times and I know that this crucial competition is going to supercharge this growth in future years."