Australia will pay both the men’s and women’s seven-a-side Rugby Union teams equally, for the first time as part of a new agreement.
The Announcement followed a deal that was struck between Rugby Australia and the Rugby Union Players' Association, which will run until 2020. As a result, the women’s XV-a-side team will now receive match payments for all Tests.
The female players will also have the benefits of a new pregnancy policy, which ensures financial security for players who become pregnant.
Australia women’s team are the current Olympic champions after winning the tournament in Rio last year.
The full BBC article can be found here.
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