New Zealand Rugby has announced a new milestone agreement which could change the face of the women’s game in this country.
Working in tandem with the Players Association, NZR has institued a “Memorandum of Understanding” which will allow a minimum of 30 players to be employed on a full-time basis.
There will be a guaranteed retainer and a host of other benefits written into the deals, including medical and life insurance.
It includes a Parental Policy for players returning from maternity leave, allowing them to nominate a support person to travel with them and provide child care while the squad is in training camp. It also provides a passage into alternative employment within the rugby realm until a player takes her maternity leave.