RFU and RPA announce landmark new contracts for Red Roses

RFU and RPA announce landmark new contracts for Red Roses

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) are pleased to announce landmark new contracts for its women’s senior players, the Red Roses. 

The three-season agreement, up to 2026, will see 32 contracts awarded, up from 30 last season, as well as six transition contracts which will support aspiring Red Roses in their early professional journey and safeguard some of their week for dedicated rugby development. 

In addition to the 32 contracts awarded, two players currently on maternity leave, remain contracted. 

Contracted players have been selected by incoming Red Roses Head Coach, John Mitchell, with his coaching team of Louis Deacon, Lou Meadows and Sarah Hunter as well as Executive Director of Performance, Conor O’Shea, and Head of Women’s Performance, Charlie Hayter.  The names of contracted players will be confirmed in July.

In addition to an increased number and length of contracts, there are also significant enhancements to the agreements which as well as salary, cover match fees, Rugby World Cup 2025 arrangements, commercial and community engagement initiatives as well as an agreement around revenue sharing if business targets are exceeded. In addition, the Red Roses and RPA will work closely to further support the players’ off field aspirations and aid greater development opportunities. 

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