Queensland Red Thomas trials for women's NRL competition
Queensland Reds Super W player Phoebe Thomas is one of many cross-code stars set to take part in the inaugural NRL women's Talent ID day on Thursday.
Thomas has represented both rugby union and touch football at the national level and with the women's NRL premiership beginning in September, the 27-year-old wants to follow suit of rugby union teammates Kodi House and Zahara Tamara by testing herself in the 13-player code.
While the 27-year-old has just four club games of rugby league experience to her name after joining Brothers Ipswich in Queensland this season, she told NRL.com the opportunity of chasing a contract for later in the season was too good an opportunity to knock back.
"I've always liked watching rugby league but never thought there was much of a pathway available," Thomas told NRL.com.
"Now that there is an increased exposure to the game and the opportunity to be contracted, it's just a natural progression for me coming from touch football and rugby union to go and have a try.
"I think if you're an athlete that is driven and skills are transferable to other sports then why not have a go?"
A physiotherapist away from the sporting field, Thomas runs her own business while also owning popular active wear line Physio.Fit.Co.
"I am pretty busy but train outside those hours. I get to the gym 5-6 times per week and do my conditioning as best as possible," she said.
"Hopefully my skills will speak for themselves. As an athlete you can always be fitter and be better than the day before."
The Talent ID day will run for five hours on Thursday morning and include a series of physical testing before players will break into competitive games.
More than 150 players will be present on the day with representatives from NRL clubs watching on with interest as they look to add to their inaugural squads.
"It will be interesting to see how I go," Thomas said.
"It will be good to test the skills and strength but you just never know, you think you're fit and then you start running and others are just as good.
"I'm playing on the wing and centre at the moment but I'd like to eventually transition into the second row."