Incoming ACT Brumbies coach Dan Hawke hopes the rebirth of the Super W competition can be a step towards professionalism for Australia's elite players.
Hawke will coach the Brumbies in a revamped short tournament this year, with players calling for a home and away competition from 2022.
Officials have a long way to go before they can transform the Wallaroos into a full-time program but that is among Hawke's ambitions for the women's game.
"It's a space that was always going to grow. I thought it probably took a little bit longer than it should have," Hawke said.
"I'm keen to see how far it can go. If you look at England, they have 30 professional players representing their country. I hope one day we can have our Wallaroos do the same.
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"There's a number of moving parts in that space, I'm not sure of how far away we are but it's something every female athlete wants to strive for.
"A lot of our girls are aspirational, and we want to try to get them in that green and gold."
The Brumbies will name a 27-woman squad on Sunday, with details to follow for a six-team competition to be played in Coffs Harbour.
Rugby Australia will include a President's XV team in the tournament, which will include players left out of their respective state sides and sevens prospects.
The Brumbies will head down the south coast for a camp this weekend, with a league-wide bye in the ACT Premier XVs competition meaning players will not miss club duties.
ACT rugby boasts a five-team XVs competition this year featuring Canberra Royals, Tuggeranong Vikings, Uni-Norths, Goulburn and the Queanbeyan Whites.
That is complemented by a five-team city conference in a 10-a-side competition, which also features a four-team country pool.
"As soon as Super W started, the numbers for participation increased dramatically," Hawke said.
"Obviously with numbers increasing, the depth of players but also the quality of players is increasing as well.
"Selection-wise, we had to have a couple of really tough conversations this week with people that missed out.
"With the 15-a-side, Queanbeyan has got a team back involved now so you've got a really good XVs competition running, but then you've also got a 10s competition running alongside that.
"Ladies that may not have played in the XVs space can still develop those skills and then when they're ready, maybe transition into the XVs game.
"The 10s is definitely a good pathway for those ladies that might not be suited for the sevens, but still aren't ready enough to play full-on 15-a-side yet."