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England’s groundbreaking pro contracts will change women’s rugby for ever | Ali Donnelly


The RFU’s decision to award contracts is groundbreaking, says the editor of women’s rugby website

There is nothing new about professionalism in women’s rugby. Since the Netherlands became the first country to award contracts to their women’s sevens players in 2011, the rest of the women’s rugby world has been playing catch-up – off the pitch at least – in the game’s rapid acceleration towards the pro ranks.

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