The successful candidate will lead on all levels of women's and girls rugby
The Welsh Rugby Union is to appoint a National Women's Rugby Manager to spearhead the development of all levels of women's and girls' rugby
The new role, which is now advertised on the WRU website, is a clear indication of the importance the WRU places on equality of opportunity as it aims to increase standards and participation levels across the board.
The expected outcomes from making this appointment are, in line with those of Sport Wales, to create a greater equality of opportunity within the sport.
WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey said, "Building on our existing programmes and ongoing activity in women's rugby, this appointment confirms our commitment to the growth of women's and girls' rugby in Wales.
"This will be a key appointment for the WRU rugby department with the successful candidate acting as a Welsh Rugby Union ambassador for the women's game within the UK and internationally.
"This is an ideal time to make clear our intention to further support women's and girls' rugby as our national Women's squad are about to kick off their Women's Rugby World Cup campaign in France."
The successful candidate will not only aim to raise the profile of women's and girl's rugby in Wales within clubs, schools, colleges and Universities, promoting the health and social benefits of the game and increasing women and girls' involvement in every aspect of club rugby, he or she will also lead on rugby development for the elite and international game for women in Wales, from skill and technical development to nutrition, strength and conditioning.
The appointed manager, who will report to the WRU Head of Rugby and National Rugby Development Manager will also run the development pathway for women and girls which includes competition structures and fixtures, and there will be an emphasis on providing opportunities outside of the traditional game, such as Touch Rugby and Sevens.
WRU National Rugby Development Manager Jason Lewis added: "We will be looking for the individual to maximise existing structures in place for women and girls for the greatest strategic effect at both elite and community level, and in the interface between the two.
"For example, we have acknowledged the need to diversify and provide forms of the game that are accessible to both men and women of all ages and abilities. Touch rugby, in particular is a key area of growth, especially for women and girls as it can be played socially, within schools and with smaller groups but it is also a pathway to women and girls becoming involved in other forms of the game - and is a great way to keep fit and make friends."
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.