SWRU Players??™ Participation In Celtic Team In Super League

The Women??™s Super League is an independent competition run for the first time in 2007 by Super League Limited, with the backing of RFUW, WRU, IRFU and SWRU. The competition provides an opportunity for the promotion of the women??™s game in the UK. The Celtic team, open to players from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, provides a vehicle for the development of talented players through the provision of world-class competition.The Women??™s Super League is an independent competition run for the first time in 2007 by Super League Limited, with the backing of RFUW, WRU, IRFU and SWRU.
The competition provides an opportunity for the promotion of the women??™s game in the UK. The Celtic team, open to players from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, provides a vehicle for the development of talented players through the provision of world-class competition.
Scottish Women??™s Rugby originally identified Super League as a potential avenue for the identification and development of talented senior Exile players with the potential to progress to the Scotland Women??™s squad. However, it has not proved feasible to follow this route this season.
In order to maximise return on the SWRU??™s backing of the Celtic team, existing players in the Scotland Women??™s and Scotland Women??™s Development squads were given the chance to apply for involvement in Super League this year.
Trials have taken place, specific position vacancies identified and the SWRU Performance Development Manager believed it appropriate that individual players were advised of these developments.
Seven Scottish Women??™s rugby players have chosen to make themselves available for a Celtic Team competing in a Women??™s Super League match scheduled to take place in Birmingham this Sunday (22 April).
Four of the players are home-based, the remaining trio are Exiles. The four home-based players are Jilly McCord and Lynne Reid (both RHC), Lindsay Wheeler (Murrayfield Wanderers) and Susie Brown (Hillhead/Jordanhill).
The SWRU recognises that Sunday is an SWRU League date and while it is keen to encourage elite players to take opportunities to seek to better themselves, it also has a duty to ensure the league programme is completed in a timely manner and is mindful of its responsibilities to the integrity of the league competition.
Thus it is a matter for individual players and their clubs whether they elect to play for the Celtic team this weekend as opposed to their own scheduled club fixtures.
It should be noted there will be no dispensation to seek cancellation or re-scheduling of the league fixtures through player non-availability.
The two further matches in the Super League competition are scheduled to take place on 7 May and 12 or 13 May, neither of which is an SWRU League date.