Deputy Premier John Barilaro said Rugby Australia has been given funding support from the NSW Government which will help bring the code’s top Super W players to Coffs Harbour from 24 June to 3 July 2021.
“The tournament’s main competition will be held at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium, which is sure to attract a large number of local and interstate rugby fans who will spend much needed tourism dollars in the Coffs Harbour area,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Hosting major events like the Super W Rugby Tournament supports the visitor economy by filling local restaurants, pubs and tourist attractions, all of which helps drive regional NSW’s economic recovery from drought, floods, bushfire and COVID-19.”
Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said hosting the Super W Rugby Tournament in Coffs Harbour demonstrates the region’s ability to host major events and follows the announcement the Asia Pacific Rally Championships will be staged locally in November this year, in addition to NRL and Big Bash Cricket games.
“Events like Rugby Union’s Super W supports female athletes to participate in sport across all levels and seeing some of rugby’s best players at the top of their game helps to encourage girls and women to take-up and remain in sport,” Mr Singh said.
“Regional events have been disrupted by drought, bushfire, COVID and floods and the Regional Events Acceleration Fund is helping to attract new major domestic and international events to the bush and growing existing events into even bigger and better ones.”
Rugby Australia CEO Mr Andy Marinos said the NSW Government’s ongoing support of rugby union in NSW is a major boost for female athletes and helps elevate the profile of women’s sporting competitions at all levels.
“The Super W Rugby Competition is a major competition for female athletes and is also important for girls and women players to see their heroes and mentors compete at an elite level.” Mr Marinos said.
For further information, including program guidelines and eligibility criteria, visit Regional Events Acceleration Fund.