Women rugby has been growing quickly in recent years. The Welsh Rugby Union chief Martyn Phillips has asked that the nation have a running female team alongside the men’s. After the 15-15 draw Test series result with the All Blacks on Saturday, the future of the men’s tours seems safe – it was their first drawn Test series in over 60 years.
The coach Warren Gatland has seen his profile rise and he has received accolades for his work from several quarters. The Lions team is riding high and Phillips opines that this is the best time for the Welsh to have a women’s tour.
“Women’s rugby is growing so quickly globally and definitely in Wales. For me, it would be a ‘when’ rather than an ‘if’,” he said.
The Rugby chief adds that his colleagues feel the same way about the idea.
“To see how much these players get out of this tour and how much they genuinely enjoy the experience, to think that there would be an option for women there at some point is something that we should absolutely consider,” he added.
There are arguments against the idea that it would cost a lot of money and most likely not generate enough to keep it afloat. It was an idea that even the Kiwis flirted with but it eventually died down. Phillips insists it is something that would happen sooner or later.
On the other hand, the Welsh rugby team would face Fiji at the 2019 World Cup after the Pacific Islanders saw off Tonga 14-10 to confirm their spot in Japan. Both sides are to join Australia and Georgia in Group D for the event in Japan. Any of Canada and Uruguay would join the group as well.