Vale Jackie White

The NRL today paid tribute to the life of former Jillaroo Jackie White (Raisin), who passed away last week aged just 49.

White was a pioneer of the women's national team (Jillaroo #26), playing five Tests between 1996 and 1998.

White also played for several teams throughout her career, including Souths and Parramatta (in NSW) and Ipswich Brothers and Souths Logan (in Queensland).

Former Jillaroos captain and teammate Karyn Murphy said White was a fearless defender and a much-loved member of the Jillaroos.

"Jackie always had a smile from ear to ear and loved the game," Ms Murphy said.

"Whenever you were alongside Jackie in a match, you knew she had your back and there weren't many players who were able to escape her on the field.

"We will miss her, but we will never forget her and what she did for women's rugby league and the promotion of our game."

Along with her love of rugby league, White was a State Emergency Services volunteer and passionate about wildlife and animal welfare.