World Rugby Refutes Claims Of Women's World Cup Discrimination
World Rugby reaffirmed its support for the Women’s Rugby World Cup with Women's Rugby GM Katie Sadleir "speaking of the detailed review process that will take place upon the tournament’s conclusion," according to Kate Rowan of the London TELEGRAPH. U.S. national women's rugby team head coach Pete Steinberg accused the global governing body of "discrimination" toward the Women's Rugby World Cup. This is something World Rugby "strongly refutes" as it and Women’s World Cup 2017 host the Irish Rugby Football Union is investing almost £7M ($9M) in the tournament. World Rugby is investing an additional £13.5M ($17.4M) into the women’s game for the '15-19 cycle. A World Rugby spokesperson said, "The USA coach’s remark that women are being discriminated against is entirely false. The model that is operational at Women’s RWC 2017 is the same one that is employed at elite men’s competitions. ... As Mr. Steinberg knows, there will be a full review of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 after the tournament has concluded and all views will be taken into account when considering how we continue to develop this tournament and build on recent success" (TELEGRAPH, 8/18).