Buildcorp Super W set for expansion as Visser takes charge of President’s XV

Fri, 30/04/2021, 10:00 pm
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
An Ash Hewson penalty goal is again all that separated the NSW Waratahs and the Queensland Women in a fierce Super W clash at Leichhardt Oval. The women in blue continuing their unbeaten run with a 15-12 win in round three of this year's competition

Super W is set to expand to six teams for the 2021 season, with Dutch legend Inge Visser confirmed as coach of the President's XV.

The team has been named in honour of Rugby Australia’s Women’s Rugby President Josephine Sukkar, containing a collection of players across the country and the Sevens program.

Visser, who relocated to Australia in 2013, will guide the side as she continues her development as a head coach.

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In a statement on Friday, Visser said “I am thrilled to be leading this group of amazing athletes in the Buildcorp Super W competition this year.  “It a great opportunity for these women to test themselves against the best Rugby players in the country. I expect the team will be competitive and challenge all the opposition we play. 

“World Rugby, Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby have been very supportive in my development as a coach over the past two years, and I am really grateful for the opportunities I have been provided.” 

The Waratahs were too good for RugbyWA at Sydney University.

The Dutch legend played for the Waratahs in the inaugural Super W season and is currently part of World Rugby’s Coaching Internship Program as she focuses on her post-football career.

She served as a coaching intern to Dwayne Nestor and the Wallaroos in their preparations for the 2021 Rugby World Cup, which was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This announcement comes with the tournament set to kick off on Saturday June 19, with the full draw set to be confirmed in the coming days.

Buildcorp Group Managing Director Tony Sukkar AM added: “The 2021 Buildcorp Super W represents a pivotal season, as it will lead into a big calendar of Test matches and 2022 World Cup preparations.

"It also comes on the back of a challenging year, where our athletes and coaching teams worked hard to stay match fit and adapt to restrictions and disruption. 

“Buildcorp is proud to have maintained all of our rugby partnerships regardless of the impacts the pandemic placed on the sport, our communities and our Nation. The continued growth of women’s Rugby XVs reinforces the importance of the Buildcorp Super W and we look forward to another thrilling competition.”

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