The inaugural women’s nines competition was held in Warrington was a huge success for the sport as it was a brilliant opportunity for the sport to gain a new audience with the exciting format of nines rugby.
One of the key people involved in organising the competition is St Helens Women’s captain Jodie Cunningham who was delighted with how the first round of the tournament went.
“It was a lot of work to pull together and organise it in the women’s calendar.
“But all the teams bought into it and it was a chance to celebrate women’s rugby league.”
It was a chance for new teams such the Salford Red Devils it was their first opportunity for the girls to challenge themselves against the best teams around such as St Helens and Leeds Rhinos.
“It was a chance for teams from the lower competitions to realise they can match it against the top teams which gives players loads of confidence.”
The turn out for the festival was good and the number of young girls who she hopes will be inspired was so important.
“Seeing the amount of spectators and how many young girls particularly was amazing for us.”
The finals of the tournament will be taking place at Salfords AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday 24th July, with the top five teams plus a wildcard from the opening festival competing.
With nines rugby being a faster paced version of rugby league spectators can be expected to see some good rugby and highlight the quality in the women’s game.
“The finals is a chance to show the top women rugby players in the world but in a nines setting.
“it’s the usual suspects who are there but you get to see them all on one stage in one place.
“I think it’s a really good warm up to world cup as its spectator friendly as there is loads of tries and loads of breakaways.
“I hope spectators can get down and watch some good quality nines rugby league.”
What a performance by our ladies in the 9s tournament. I’m convinced we must be a shoe in for the finals wildcard @ AJ Bell in July.
If they do miss out they did the club proud beating Super League side Castleford, shows how good they are
Well done all 👏#salfordreddevils pic.twitter.com/0KSPXT4JnN
— Devil In The Detail (@ditdsrd) May 2, 2022
The Salford Red Devils womens team are still waiting to find out if they have done enough to claim a place in the finals round and will be hoping to be the wildcard sixth team.