Su Carty and Ada Milby: Pioneering Women Elected to World Rugby Executive Board

We were thrilled to learn that Su Carty (Ireland) and Ada Milby (Asia) have been elected to fill two vacant seats on the Executive Board of World Rugby. Their election is a testament to their dedication, experience, and remarkable contributions to the sport of rugby. The original press release from World Rugby regarding their appointment didn’t quite do them justice, so we’re here to shine a spotlight on their remarkable achievements.

Su Carty, hailing from Ireland, has a rich history in the world of rugby. She started her career as a player, dedicating twelve years to St. Mary’s College RFC and UL Bohemian. For six years, she also took on the challenging role of a rugby referee, winning the Alain Rolland Award for Referee Performance in 2017. Her commitment to the sport extended into administrative roles as well; she served as the Women’s Development Manager with World Rugby for seven years, and was the last President of the Ireland Women’s Rugby Football Union​. Su’s extensive knowledge of rugby from various perspectives makes her an invaluable addition to the Board.

Ada Milby, an accomplished player and administrator from Asia, has been breaking barriers in the sport for years. Born to an American father and a Filipino mother, Ada’s journey in sports started in the United States where she faced gender discrimination as the only girl in her high school American football team. Despite these challenges, she remained resilient and found her true calling in rugby during her first year at DeVry University​.

Ada has since served the sport in various capacities. She has been a part of the World Rugby Council since 2017, served on the Regions Committee, Rugby Committee, and the Asia Rugby EXCO. She also heads the Women Advisory Committee and serves on the Admin and Finance Committee. She is the President of the Philippine Rugby Football Union and has held this role since 2020​.

On the field, Ada is a force to be reckoned with. She made her international debut for the Philippines in 2012, and later that year, she was named captain of the rugby union team. Under her leadership, the team secured a bronze medal in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games and a silver medal finish in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games​​.

Ada is also known for her dedication to grassroots rugby development. She launched the “Get Into Rugby” program in the Philippines in 2013, helping to foster a new generation of rugby enthusiasts. In 2020, her efforts were recognized when she was named to Rugby World Magazine’s list of Top 50 Most Influential People in Rugby​​.

Both Su and Ada bring a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to the Board. Their remarkable accomplishments within the sport of rugby and their passion for promoting and developing the game are sure to inspire many more women in rugby worldwide.


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