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Maynard has gone straight to the top

After leaving rugby union two years ago, Roosters hooker Nita Naynard has crammed plenty into her short time in rugby league, from starring in the 2017 World Cup for the Kiwi Ferns to being a part of history on Sunday when she runs out for the first NRLW grand final.

The 26-year-old said after two short stints with the Wallaroos and the Australian sevens squads, she'd accomplished her goals in union and with league evolving so quickly, it seemed like the perfect time for a new challenge.

"I went to a Sharks trial in 2016 and ended up playing for the them last year in the NSW premiership and in that short period of time you seen where the game was heading in the near future and the growth was something that I wanted to be a part of," she said.

"I'd done a lot with rugby so I was happy enough to let that go by and let the new ones come through and I seen an exciting challenge for myself in league.

"The transition has been a whirlwind, but I've been very fortunate that I've been able to come up the ranks very quickly.

"In terms of knowing the game I'm such a rookie, I'm still learning as I go, but I'm really grateful for the experience I've had so far and the support I've been given by my teammates and coaches."

Maynard's No.1 supporter, her five-year-old daughter London, will be rocking her little Roosters jersey and cheering her on mum from the sideline when they take on the Broncos in the women's grand final on Sunday ANZ Stadium.

The hooker said she's excited that her little star in the making will have the opportunity the to purse rugby league at an elite level if she wishes when she get older as the pathways are now available.

"My daughter loves the game more than I do I think. She's been at all my games waving her flag, with her jersey on and she's always very vocal so I've been told," Maynard said.

"She plays herself in the under 6s with Mascot - it's her second year playing.

 
 
 
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"It's been amazing seeing her connection to the game - she's very rough and she understand all the rules.

"I'm happy just knowing that there's going to be a clear pathway for her if she ever wanted to go down that track when she gets a bit older."

The last time they met the Broncos got the best for of the Roosters with a 14-4 victory at Allianz Stadium. 

Maynard said the Broncos may come into their grand final clash a little complacent considering they're undefeated with three convincing wins under their belt.

"I feel like the Broncos will be a bit over confident this week coming off three victories," Maynard said.

"They've got some big and strong girls up front and their halves don't have any trouble shifting the ball smoothly.

"But I believe we have some of the best outside back in the game with Taleena (Simon), Izzy (Kelly) and Shontelle (Stowers) - we finally found them on the last Saturday and Taleena showed everyone what she's capable of.

"So I feel like the harder we work in the middle and the earlier we can get them ball will definitely work in our favour."

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