NRL announces pay boost for women’s tournament

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo: “Today is an exciting day for the women’s game. The expansion of the NRLW competition and the introduction of the salary cap will ensure players earn substantially more income from our game”

Last Updated: 15/03/22 9:40am

NRL Women’s Premiership

The National Rugby League (NRL) on Tuesday announced a string of changes to the women’s edition of the tournament, including two planned expansions, the introduction of a salary cap, a pay boost and full-time contracts for marquee players.

The six-team NRLW will be increased to eight teams in 2023, before additional two teams are introduced in 2024.

From the 2022 season, teams will be allotted a salary cap of A$350,000 ($251,300.00), with players receiving a 28 per cent boost in base salaries.

Clubs will also be allowed to sign two marquee players on full-time contracts, which are not part of the cap.

“Today is an exciting day for the women’s game,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo. “The expansion of the NRLW competition and the introduction of the salary cap will ensure players earn substantially more income from our game.

“There’s still a long way to go but this is another positive step in our growth journey for the NRLW.

“Right across the game we will continue to work on to create pathways for women regardless of whether they want to play, coach, referee or be an administrator.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.