McGregor and Takairangi usher in next generation of women's NRL stars
They're the two best friends determined to help bring through the next generation of women's rugby league stars.
Injured Sydney Roosters recruit Corban McGregor and Kiana Takairangi have launched a girls only clinic in the Sutherland Shire with an aim to grow their rising brand to the wider community.
The pair work under sprint trainer Roger Fabri in speed and agility training and have used their knowledge to launch their own skills development programs for boys and girls.
Former NRL player Todd Carney made an appearance at the inaugural girls' footy workshop on Thursday, taking up and coming players through kicking and passing drills.
"We're really passionate about women's rugby league and speed and agility so we thought we would put our forces together and get our own thing going," McGregor told NRL.com.
"We were driving to our own sprint training and thought we had so much time up our sleeves to get ourselves going. We came up with the idea as we play footy together and have so much to offer.
"We'd spoken about it for a few months about the plan and what we wanted to do. But actually making it happen is such a relief. It was a success, we had lots of girls come down. We're excited to grow and have the girls throwing the ball around."
The response from the local community was overwhelming, to the point McGregor and Takairangi were forced to knock back registrations.
Skills included going back to the basics - hand positioning, passing, tackle technique, kicking, before finishing with games of OzTag.
"Hopefully we can get some more coaches and cater to the numbers," McGregor said.
"Moving forward we'll need some more. It's super important, equality, with the first ever women's NRL happening we'll see more growth. It's important that competition starts to thrive.
"Now there is really awesome pathways for the girls. The fact that they get really rugby league specific and core training is exactly what we want for the product of the women's games."
The sister of Parramatta Eels player Brad Takairangi, Kiana is on the comeback trail after a disruptive season having broken her leg in the women's World Cup last year while representing the Cook Islands.
McGregor, who played for NSW in the Holden State of Origin clash in June but went off injured early in the first half, was determined to give back following a season-ending shoulder reconstruction.
The 24-year-old signed a deal with the Roosters in June and will remain with the club in an off-field role.
"It was devastating for me, when I did it I thought it was just a burner and then I went off," McGregor said.
"I did it earlier in the year so the second time I knew I was going to get surgery, which I didn't want to accept.
"As soon as I did it I went back to the shed, once the doctor checked me out, the coaching staff at the Roosters – Adam Hartigan and Craig Walker – texted me straight away wishing me well and said they were there for me no matter what, I was still a part of the squad.
"That made me feel encouraged, they've been awesome. I'm going to be involved as much as possible. Some other codes I've heard when you get injured you get flicked so that's what makes rugby league special."