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Jillaroos fullback Sam Bremner in action against the Kiwi Ferns at the 2017 Auckland Nines.

Giving back to the game is part and parcel of being a rugby league player; it's something we hear all the time from retired stars hoping to look after the sport that supported them.

However it's not just former greats who are out there lending a hand in their local communities with more and more current players keen to involve themselves in the betterment of rugby league and society as a whole. 

Take Jillaroos fullback Sam Bremner for example. She could be excused for focussing all her time and energy on this year's World Cup. 

Instead, the tournament's reigning MVP has spent the past nine months running boot camps in New South Wales' south coast to help sponsor her local club and to also prepare herself for life after footy.

On top of her rugby league commitments, Bremner has her Certificate III and IV in fitness and has used her passion for the industry to combine her two loves into something she hopes can make a difference. 

"I worked for the NRL and I loved what I did, but my passion is fitness and I just found myself thinking about it all the time and wanting to help people in that area," Bremner told 


"Obviously I do a lot of it for football, and one day I was talking about it with my husband and he said 'Just go for it and chase your dreams' so I started a boot camp that I run out of Helensburgh Rugby League Football Club. 

"It's been a year in May so it's gone really quickly and I absolutely love what I do. I'm just so fortunate that my three worlds are footy, family and fitness and I get to do all of them."

Choosing Helensburgh as the place to run her business was a no-brainer given her family's connection to the club.  

"My dad used to play with Helensburgh and he won a grand final there and then he coached. My brother played rugby league there as well. My husband is captain of the side and he won a grand final there. I play there so it's almost a family tradition to be there and I absolutely love it," she said. 

"I run 24 classes a week - usually early morning, mid-morning and night time – which is great because it leaves me time to train with the Jillaroos and my club during the middle of the day. I run all the classes and I'm fortunate enough to have two people working for me when I'm away with footy."

Having travelled to Auckland for the Nines and then to Newcastle for the All Stars, Bremner revealed she would ease up on her footy commitments after a hectic couple of weeks.

Jillaroos fans needn't worry, however, with the star No.1 a certain starter to help Australia defend its World Cup title later this year.  

"Absolutely! I think that's one of the reasons why I couldn't really keep pushing myself," she said. 

"I'm really bad when it comes to injuries and I'll never pull myself off the field. My physio said 'Enough is enough' and that I had to look at the broader picture with a really big year ahead. 

"We've already got some massive injuries in our squad, so there comes a point where you have to look at things in hindsight and take care of yourself."

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