Rugby superstar Charlotte Caslick has officially burst the bubble of NRLW clubs who were hoping she’d be returning to the 13-player code by signing a mammoth four-year-deal with Rugby Australia.
Caslick, 27, played with the Sydney Roosters during a short NRLW stint, but had indicated she was unlikely to return to the code. The new deal to play Sevens confirms where her future lies.
With NRLW players locked in a CBA battle with league officials, Caslick said it was an easy choice to stay with the code which had supported her.
“They led the way in women’s sport when they professionalised our Sevens program back in 2014 and they are committed to continually raising the bar,” Caslick said.
“For me it was a simple choice to commit to the Sevens game. If you are prepared to embrace the hard work that comes with being part of the world’s best and most challenging high-performance program, then this is the sport to be involved in.
“We play a World Series. We play a World Cup. We play at the world’s two biggest multi-sport festivals: the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. There are easier options, but if you want to compete in the world’s best sport, this is where you need to be.”
The 27-year-old, the reigning World Rugby player of the year, is one of only two players in Sevens history to have won Olympic gold, Commonwealth Games gold, the Rugby World Cup, the World Rugby Sevens Series, and multiple World Rugby awards.
The long-term deal means Caslick is primed to return to the Olympics in Paris in 2024 and the Commonwealth Games to be held in Victoria in 2026.
Her re-signing also comes ahead of Rugby Sevens’ return to Sydney this weekend for the first time in three years.