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WRU board welcomes Liza Burgess as first elected female member

Burgess finished her text career in 2007 with 93 caps. Credit: WRU

The Welsh Rugby Union has elected its first ever female Board member in more than 130 years of history.

Former Wales captain Liza Burgess will officially join the WRU Board on Tuesday, after also being named the first female Council Member.

Burgess, known as 'Bird', played in Wales’ very first international against England in 1987 where she led as number eight.

She finished her test career in the final day of the Women's Six Nations in 2007 with 93 caps.

Burgess played for Wales in the Women's Rugby International in 1996. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Burgess made history when she coached the first Women’s Barbarians team and is currently coaching Gloucester-Hartpury in the Tyrrell’s Premier 15s in England.

I’m both hugely humbled and delighted that the clubs around Wales have voted for me in enough numbers to secure my position on the Council and intend to fully reward the faith they have shown in me. The significance of being the first elected female Council member is not lost on me, the Union and its member clubs deserve due credit for looking beyond the established traditions of the governance structure and I am grateful to all those who have encouraged me to stand and supported my nomination. I intend to now fully embrace this new opportunity and challenge, as we all work collectively toward safeguarding the future of our national game for all.

– Liza Burgess

North Wales Rugby official Sian Griffiths was also a candidate for the position.

Griffiths and Burgess were up against Old Illtydians chairman John Manders and Roy Wilkinson of Porth Harlequins.

We have called for our clubs to help us ‘break the established mould’ in terms of candidature for these senior positions in Welsh rugby and they should be particularly commended for doing so in this instance.

– Gerald Davies, WRU President