Shanice Parker is set to become the first second-generation Jillaroo.

Jillaroos look far and wide for future

The reminder of her mother's feat to play for the Jillaroos is there as soon as you walk through the front doors of the Parker household in Perth but 17-year-old Shanice Parker never believed she might one day follow in her footsteps.

After first playing rugby league at the age of four right through until she reached the age of 12 where girls are no longer allowed to play in boys teams, Parker has played only a handful of games of rugby league in the past five years, instead getting her footy fix playing rugby union.

But the first Women's State Affiliates Championships in Darwin in June this year gave passionate rugby league girls from Western Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory a chance not only to play but to impress Jillaroos coach Steve Folkes.

Folkes viewed footage from the Darwin tournament to see what talent was out there, and when the WA girls won their three games by a combined score of 120-14 he extended an invitation to both Parker and Port Hedland's Ilaisaane Finau to join the Jillaroos training camp on the Gold Coast in November.

If Parker is selected to play for the Jillaroos at either the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines or the Anzac Test against the Kiwi Ferns she will create history as the first second-generation Jillaroo and said she had no thought that Australian selectors were even watching.

"I was a bit overwhelmed and a bit shocked," Parker said of selection for the 25-player training squad. "I did not think that [they were watching].

"League's not very popular in WA but it's growing. When we went over to the Affiliated States we took it out which was quite shocking for most of us. For half the girls it was their first time playing league, transitioning over from union.

"My mum was with the Jillaroos when she toured England in 2000 and I think I was like two years old and since then rugby has been my life.

"[Mum] hasn't really told me too much other than that she had the best experience she's ever had in her life. She's even got her jersey hanging up when you walk through the door."

Rugby league connections are also strong in the Finau family with her younger brother William a member of the Australian under-15s team and recently signing a contract with Cronulla.

Ilaisaane started playing in a women's under-18s competition in the Pilbara from 12 years of age and said there is an abundance of rich talent in Western Australia just waiting to be discovered.

"I want WA to grow in rugby league," said Finau, who idolises Jillaroos captain Steph Hancock. "If you go there and see how much talent there is there, it's unbelievable and we never get seen.

"We're just lucky that we got picked from the Darwin comp to come and check it out because there are a lot more girls better than us in WA. They just don't get seen."

Rugby league internationals based in Western Australia a rare to say the least.

Rodney Howe and Julian O'Neill were both selected from the Western Reds to play for the Australian Super League team in 1997 while the likes of Billy Smith and Sam McKendry are two of a rare breed of Test reps who were born in WA. 

As for her West Australian teammate, Finau had some words of warning for the Kiwi Ferns if Parker is selected to play in the three-match series at the Nines tournament.

"She's like Usain Bolt; give her the ball and she's gone!"