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New Maroons coach Tahnee Norris says a three-game women's State of Origin series should be on the cards as early as next year. 

Tuesday's appointment of Norris completes a historic moment in the game with women set to coach both states for the first time in State of Origin history.

Norris will replace Jason Hetherington in the role after the former Maroons legend parted ways with the QRL in February following a three-year stint at the helm.

On her first day in charge of the side, Norris pushed for an extended Origin series to be considered in the short term after both states have been restricted to one-off standalone games for the past two decades.

"I'd love to say [it shoulder happen] next year, to be totally honest," Norris said on Tuesday. 

"We've got a World Cup at the end of this year, the NRLW is growing and hopefully it will end up being a six-round competition, if not more teams next year.

"I definitely think it's now it should be happening. The girls are that good and they train that hard, they're putting in behind the scenes.

"They're not professional yet, they're classed as semi-professional, but we're definitely on the cards to take it to a three-game series.

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"If the girls can produce in the State of Origin game then hopefully we can push for more games in the future."

The most-capped Jillaroo in international history with 32 appearances to her name, Norris played in four World Cups for Australia and represented the All Stars on four occasions.

She started out her interstate career with NSW, playing in five games before moving to Queensland where she pulled on the Maroons jersey 13 times with past eligibility rules based around residency.

Norris brings with her a wealth of coaching success having guided Queensland club side Burleigh to five premierships in six seasons.

"I'm super excited about it, proud to be a Queenslander having played the game for Queensland and now to be in this role behind the scenes," Norris said.

"I'm really looking forward to taking the girls to the next level and capping it off with another Origin win this year.

"Jase, Nat and Murphy did a really good job with the group last year. There is that expectation to back up from last year.

"I was part of a very successful winning [run] as a player with the Maroons so I'm looking forward to instilling those values with the players and getting a back-up win."

QRL managing director Robert Moore said Norris's credentials were hard to ignore.

Tahnee Norris at Jillaroos training in 2016.
Tahnee Norris at Jillaroos training in 2016. ©NRL Photos

"We had a host of quality applicants, but what really stood out was Tahnee's excellent coaching record and her commitment to women’s rugby league over many years," Moore said.

"Tahnee is really well positioned to connect with the players and work closely with everyone involved in our competitions and pathway programs."

The confirmation will see Norris go head-to-head with recently appointed NSW coach Kylie Hilder, after the pair played alongside each other for the Jillaroos in 2009.

"I was only talking to Kylie this morning about the fact it is two female coaches coaching the Origin sides and hopefully that's something for the future," Norris said.

"That women coaches in both states can look at it and say we can coach at that level and be given opportunities. It's a massive part in the women's game.

Tahnee Norris at the 2014 All Stars game.
Tahnee Norris at the 2014 All Stars game. ©NRL Photos

"It's exciting times in not only women's rugby league but the traditional male sports, to have two female coaches coaching."

Norris will be assisted by Aaron Zimmerle and Ben Jeffries, while Maroons legend Karyn Murphy will also remain involved in a support role.

Queensland are the reigning champions after beating NSW on the Sunshine Coast for the first time under the State of Origin banner.

The Maroons will re-ignite their rivalry with NSW on June 25 at a venue expected to be confirmed by the NRL in the coming weeks.


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