Women ready to get down to business
Dragons second-rower Talesha Quinn said excitement is overshadowing nerves as players gear up for the inaugural NRL Holden Women's Premiership which kicks off in two weeks time.
At Rugby League Central on Sunday, players from each of the four NRL clubs gathered for the unveiling of the premiership trophy.
"I'm so excited, especially coming here today and seeing the trophy and feeling how heavy it is," Quinn told NRL.com.
"To know that this is the first ever competition to happen, it's kind of nerve-racking but we're more excited to know that we are creating history and to know that there are so many young girls out there are looking up to us."
Quinn will join the Dragons' women for her first field session on Sunday after undergoing surgery on her knee five weeks ago. She remains uncertain whether she will run out for their first match.
"I've been in the cardio room watching the girls out on the field which has been pretty hard for me but the girls are looking really good and really fit - everyone is bonding really well and everyone's so excited to take the field," Quinn said.
"I get to put my boots on for the first time today. It's touch and go for me at the moment but I'm keeping faith and hopefully I'll be out there but we will just see how the old knee holds up today."
Roosters front-rower Simaima Taufa said she's counting down the days until she can put on the jersey with her teammates and have her family supporting her from the sideline.
"I'm looking forward to putting on the jersey, I never thought as a young girl that I would be able to say that I'm a NRLW player," Taufa said.
"This is a pinnacle for myself and a journey that I'm looking forward to achieving and be a part of and to have some of my closest mates playing alongside me and it being so close to home that my family can travel out.
"I will probably shed a tear [having her family watch on from the sideline], it's going to be my motivation."
With a number of current and former Kiwi Ferns in the Warriors side, hooker Hilda Mariu said after the Kiwi's 23-16 loss to the Jillaroos at the 2017 World Cup, the side will be out for revenge.
"I'm expecting for the competition to be very tough," Mariu told NRL.com
"I think we are very lucky in terms of experience. We have the former Kiwi Ferns captain in our team so she brings a lot of knowledge, 16 years of it and she's been very good in guiding the young ones that are new to this to prepare them for this massive competition.
"Being a former Kiwi Fern myself and after the world cup when we lost to the Jillaroos, in which we have a Kiwi Ferns in our team that definitely want to make sure we change that in terms of the Warriors team."
Broncos centre Jayme Fressard has been ruled out of the Premiership due to an ACL injury, but the 21-year-old said although she is devastated she can't play, she's grateful she is able to still be a part of the team and support the girls.
Fressard has been undergoing her rehabilitation in Sydney but will head up to Brisbane next Sunday to support them in their trial match against PNG and to spend the last week with the side before the competition kicks off.
"I'm shattered [to be watching from the sideline]. I just come back from an injury has year - I did the same thing with my hip bone, my middle quad muscle which snapped off my hip bone so I had a long recovery coming back from that," Fressard said.
"This year I was I got into it, trained hard and did everything I could and then go picked up from the Broncos and a week later did my ACL.
"It's awesome that the Broncos have given me the opportunity even though I'm not playing to be on the sideline support the girls and still be a part of the team."