Posted: 6 November, 2016
Sharks Sign Woman To An Official NRL Playing Contract
First it was breaking a 50 year title drought, now it's smashing glass ceilings for female rugby league players.
Cronulla are the first club to sign a woman to an official playing contract, with Ruan Sims, 34, inking a deal with the club.
”It is the same contract the male players have,” said Sharks Group GM Tim Thorne, reports the Daily Telegraph.
"It is part of our commitment to show we are serious about developing women rugby league."
Sims, who is a relative of the league family which includes Ashton, Tariq and Korbin, is a part of the Women's Sharks 9s team, and this contract means she will train alongside the likes of Paul Gallen and other NRL players.
This is the first time that a woman has been signed as a player, rather than in an ambassadorial role.
“It’s a hugely exciting moment and something I thought would happen so I feel very privileged to be in the position,” said Sims, reports sharks.com.au.
“Well obviously this means not just being an ambassador fro the Club, which I love doing but it actually means I’m being remunerated for my playing capabilities and what we do on the field as well as off the field.
“I won’t be playing against the men but I will get access to the same facilities and medical programs as them. In fact we will have everything provided to us that the men get and be recognised as professional female rugby league athletes.”