Twelve Wales internationals have become the first female rugby player in Welsh rugby history to become a professional.
The dozen-strong group – two more than originally announced – have been contracted full-time for 12 months by the Welsh Rugby Union after accepting terms on historic deals.
Players turning professional include Lightning-quick wing/full-back Jasmine Joyce , captain and number 8 Siwan Lilycrip , stalwart fly-half Elinor Snowsil and hooker and former captain Carrie Phillips , who returned to the international set-up just a few months back after more than 700 days.
The forward detachment is accomplished by a back-rover Alisha Butcher , Lock Natalia John , and prop gwenlian piers And donna rose , The full-time player group is finalized by scrum-halfs Keira Bevani And fion lewis , Center Hannah Jones and winger Lisa Newman ,
Their year-long contracts went into effect this week, with the players and management – led by head coach Ioan Cunningham – now based at Wales’ National Center of Excellence at Vale Resort, Wayne Pivac’s team and other Wales internationals from the U20s and Sevens set. With- UPS.
A further 15 players who will be on “retainer”/semi-professional contracts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Contracting – a process that requires coaches to be “quite clinical and even brutal” according to head coach Cunningham – involves a set of criteria for performance and standards, including fitness and on-pitch performance. Includes completion of the set. Cunningham said that talent and ability were the first elements in the selection process, followed by the player’s potential development and attitude.
The development of contracts meant that players would no longer have to balance playing rugby alongside full-time work or education, and full-time players could now train four times a week with individual performance plans from weekend training camps and a midweek session. Will be taken Allianz Premier of Players in England placed to go along with activity for 15 clubs.
On top of the two-tier contract model, there will be match fees for the first 23 squad players of the match, and World Cup selection and training camp attendance payments for players who are not contracted.
Adding this week, Wales women’s attention will now turn to the upcoming standalone 2022 Six Nations in March and April after a successful and revived autumn campaign that brought two of three victories and a renewed, attack-focused gameplan . Six Nations is Wales’ last campaign before the World Cup.
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Here’s what Wales boss Cunningham had to say on the contracted forward:
“Props Gwenlion Pires and Donna Rose are both dynamic ball-carriers, Carys Phillips is an exceptional talent as a throwing hooker, Natalia John has a huge workhorse and was one of our stand-out artists of autumn. With all these front-five players having huge potential and getting them to full-time, the professional program will make a huge difference from the technical side of their game as well as from a strength and conditioning standpoint.
“Back in the line, Siwan Lillikrap and Alisha Butchers are both excellent rugby players and great leaders on the pitch. Alisha has a fantastic skill set, Siwan is our captain and has an amazing understanding of the game. Both deserve the opportunity. Physical forward And technically.”
As for Back, he explained: “We wanted to include two full-time scrum-halfs in the group and we think Keira Bevan and Ffion Lewis will complement and challenge each other within the environment. Keira is very fast, sprinting Ffion.” opportunities and we want to develop them both into two of the best scrum-halfs in the world.
“Elinor Snowsil is an experienced player, understands the game brilliantly, and being part of the full-time environment will help her make a big impact on the game physically and will provide the opportunity to hone critical skills in the outside half.
“Hannah Jones loves the physical side of rugby and moves from center to defensive, Lisa Newman is a powerful, attacking sprinter and the talent for jazz is clearly one of the best strike rates in world class rugby. But keeping these players full-time will give them the opportunity to develop in all aspects of their game and become better athletes and rugby players.”
‘The beginning of an exciting journey for women and girls in Wales’
WRU Performance Director Nigel Walker said: “The historic award of 12 full-time contracts will enable all of these players to become full-time professionals and have regular, weekly contact with head coach Ian Cunningham, the rest of the coaches and our expert science medical team. All will bring a significant change in the preparation, fitness and skill sets of players so that we can challenge the best teams in the world.
“We were so pleased with the quality of the players’ autumn performances that an increase to 12 full-time contracts was agreed, and the coaching team felt that working with the 12 players who form the backbone of the team would make a big impact.”
Wales boss Cunningham said: “It has been a difficult but enjoyable process. Credit to all the players who have given us the selection headache.
“The negotiations offering the contract were good, if often quite emotional. Some players have had logistical issues to work with from a personal and professional perspective, but it is great to have them at the National Center of Excellence now as we keep it. Let’s start with the foundation in place for improvement.”
WRU Chief Executive Steve Phillips said: “It is a very proud day for us as a Governing Body. I am very pleased to say that we have our first full-time female player representing Wales on the international stage. Will do
“This is set to be a very demanding but unforgettable year for women’s rugby and these players as well as players on retainer contracts and other squad members will benefit from the full range of our specialist and assisting their potential. This is the start of an exciting journey for women and girls in Wales.”