A new report has concluded girls’ bathing suits could be a key factor in determining whether players are successful or fail in the professional game.
In the first in a series of four reports commissioned by the Australian Rugby Union, The Sport Book examines the role of girls’ suits and whether they could play a key role in determining if a player succeeds or fails in the game.
While some have said the issue is more about male players than female, The Sports Book argues it’s important to be clear on what the findings actually mean.
“There are a lot of people who are very passionate about the girls’ game and they’re keen to get the message out that it’s a very competitive sport and that the players are all competing for the same places,” NRL Chief Executive Peter Wallace said.
“So I think that there’s an opportunity for that to be a positive, and I think it is.”
The report suggests that while the NRL is aware there is a growing awareness of the importance of players’ performance in the competition, there are still too many barriers in place.
“We know there’s a growing focus on female rugby league players, and it’s an issue that needs to be tackled head on,” Wallace said, pointing out there are no official figures on female participation in the sport.
“I think the numbers speak for themselves, but the problem is we’re not addressing it as a competitive game.”
It’s about ensuring that we’re delivering the game to all players who want to play it, whether it’s the boys or girls, whether they’re men or women.
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