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Rugby Australia announces equal pay deal for men’s & women’s sevens sides


Australia are the reigning Olympic women’s sevens champions

Australia will pay its men’s and women’s sevens sides the same wage for the first time as part of a new collective bargaining agreement.

The deal, struck between Rugby Australia and the Rugby Union Players’ Association, runs until 2020 and will also see the women’s XV-a-side team included for the first time ever.

As a result the Wallaroos will now receive match payments for all Tests.

Female players have also been given a new pregnancy policy in the agreement.

Australia are the reigning Olympic women’s sevens champions after winning the inaugural tournament in Rio last year.

Co-captain Shannon Parry hailed the pregnancy policy as “ground-breaking” and a significant breakthrough for women.

“We’re in such a different sport to most female athletes in terms of the physicality of the game,” she said.