By Stuart McLennan for Everything Rugby League
Canberra Raiders CEO Don Furner is confident an NRLW bid from the club for 2023 will receive a positive response from the decision makers at Rugby League Central.
“They’ve told us that they would look favourably upon an application from us because we represent a massive region,” Furner revealed to Everything Rugby League.
“When you’re talking about putting pins on a map you don’t want nine teams in Sydney. They might have north, south, east, west representing Sydney, and then Newcastle, Canberra and Melbourne, a couple in Queensland. It spreads it geographically a lot better so we would be looked upon favourably.
“We’ve got the facilities, we’ve got the finances, we certainly need a couple of talented women who are ready to be pioneers with the team and then the young girls will get confidence playing around them. Not dissimilar to when we started the Raiders (mens) team.”
The Raiders enter a Tarsha Gale Cup (Under 19s) side but beyond that players from the region wanting to play at higher levels have to commute or move to Sydney to join Harvey Norman Premiership or NRLW sides. The outlook for local athletes who aren’t in a position to move or commute is to give up the dream of playing rugby league at the elite level.