Breayley and Brigginshaw to continue lethal combo for Broncos
The Brisbane Broncos will unleash one of the best hooker/half combinations in the women's game when Brittany Breayley and Ali Brigginshaw lead their team into battle against the PNG Orchids at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
The trial will be the first for the Broncos ahead of the following week's opening round of the NRL Holden Women's Premiership.
Vice-captain Breayley will play hooker and team captain Brigginshaw lines up at five-eighth, as the pair aims to continue a sixth sense combination that has seen them scale the heights of global rugby league.
Breayley and Brigginshaw have forged one of the best partnerships in women's rugby league at club, state and international level and were crucial in the Jillaroos' 2017 World Cup victory.
"Playing with Ali is a huge honour," Breayley said.
"We've played locally at Brothers Ipswich together, for Queensland, Australia and now the Broncos. It is a good combination for a six and nine and we have a wealth of experience and leadership that we can bring to the team on and off the field.
"Ali is a legend of the game, just the way he she takes the line on and puts her body on the line, and she will continue to do that for the 60 minutes.
"Our first trial game is always going to be a tough one and we know the PNG girls are going to give it to us for the whole 60 minutes of the game, but we are really excited to get out there and see how our combinations go."
Breayley said that rugby league was a male-dominated sport but added that the women's game now had a golden opportunity to put itself on the map.
"Now is the right time for the sport moving forward that we show the world we can play rugby league just like the men," she said.
"Our trial game and the next four weeks is going to be a huge opportunity for women playing rugby league to put our stamp on the game
"Since we were all growing up as young children we didn't think we would have the opportunity to play NRL. We had to aspire to be like the Alfie Langers and Darren Lockyers of the NRL so it is quite exciting now that the young girls can be inspired to play like the Ali Brigginshaws and Steph Hancocks."
Brearley, who said it was "an absolute honour" to be named vice-captain, is known for her game management and control on the football field and it is no surprise to discover she idolised Lockyer.
"I was definitely inspired to be like Darren Lockyer," she said.
"I know I turned out to be a hooker but his control of the game and the way he took ownership of his role on the field is what I like to do as a hooker."