A New Era
The strength of women's rugby league has been on an upwards rise over many years.
From the NRL's 'Women In League' Round, launched back in 2006, to the success of Jillaroos' teams over the past two decades.
Girls and women playing and participating in rugby league has increasingly forged a pathway of its own – and the future is bright.
In 2018, we enter a new era for women in league, with highlights including:
A Premiership competition, played throughout the NRL Finals, with a double-header Grand Final, alongside the men's Grand Final.
We had the first-ever stand-alone State of Origin match (formerly known as the Interstate Challenge) between New South Wales and Queensland, with NSW securing the win over QLD with a 16-10 win.
State League competitions, with Grand Finals to be played as double-headers prior to Women In League Round matches.
A National Championship Carnival and Talent ID, congregated the best state talent on a national stage and provided a sequential pathway for female players to progress to the elite level.
The Harvey Norman Jillaroos playing international matches in the Pacific and New Zealand.
A comprehensive, year-long program of local, national and international rugby league for players and fans alike. Played across country parks, and in the biggest stadiums.
Recent highlights in the women's game:
- 32% increase in female participation across all age groups in 2017
- 9,000+ new players playing a form of touch, tag or tackle in 2017
- 110+ female-only rugby league competitions across Australia
- Year on year increase in female coaches, referees, volunteers and trainers from 2013 onwards
- 240,000+ female participants (across competitions and in schools) throughout Australia
It's the Same Game. Our Way.