USARL Inc. Board of Directors selects Women’s Committee

to grow the women’s domestic and national programs.
USARL Inc. Board of Directors selects Women’s Committee

The US Association of Rugby League Incorporated (USARL Inc.) Board of Directors have formalized the women’s domestic competition and international commitments leading into the Americas Championship 2023 and Rugby League World Cup 2025 (RLWC2025), under the auspices of the International Rugby League (IRL). 

The Board approved Miranda Barnard to lead the USARL Inc. Women’s Committee to ensure the National Governing Body (NGB) are fulfilling the requirements of the IRL for providing both a healthy domestic competition and a successful international agenda for women and girls across the country.

A dominant focus for the Women’s Committee is to promote and build domestic women’s competition in support of our goal to compete and qualify for a place in RLWC2025. Prior to Barnard’s selection, Garen Casey spearheaded women’s rugby league, introducing an inaugural test match for USA Women's Rugby League vs Canada earlier this year. The Board thank Casey for his efforts, which paved the way for the selection of a women’s committee.

Barnard worked with The Board to select a group of women to take ownership of the women’s game and to create exciting opportunities leading up to RLWC2025. The USARL Inc.’s Women’s Committee positions are:: 

  • Jeanna Beard - Operations Manager 
  • Samantha Black-Keels - Team Manager 
  • Robyn Oliveri - Finance Manager 
  • Carolyn Roach - Social Media Manager

In a press release issued on 6/16/2022, the IRL and USARL announced signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to oversee the NGB build a strong governance model to lead the growth of the game in the United States. 

The USARL Inc. are excited for the women’s committee to progress with both domestic and international agendas, and having a direct voice to the NGB Board via Miranda Barnard and the Women’s Committee.