2019 Elite Women's Rugby League Contracts
19 of the country’s leading players have been recognised in 2019, in line with the NRL’s female pathways development program.
19 of the country’s leading female rugby league players have been awarded central contracts for 2019, as part of the NRL’s overall female pathways development program. The list includes the likes of inaugural Female Golden Boot recipient, Isabelle Kelly, 2018 Dally M Female Player of the Year, Brittany Breayley and inaugural Holden Women’s Premiership winning captain, Ali Brigginshaw. Contract benefits include individual and team coaching, wellbeing and education services and leadership and development training camps.
After seeing the Harvey Norman Jillaroos win the 2013 World Cup, Kezie was inspired to return to Rugby League after having played as a junior in her hometown of Bega.
Chelsea made her Harvey Norman Jillaroos debut on the wing in 2016 against the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns and has been part of the team ever since, including the 2017 World Cup win.
Annette started playing rugby league in 2010 with the Caboolture Snakes in the under 18s competition, before also debuting for the Sunshine Coast Sirens Women’s team in the same year.
Ali played rugby league as a junior before playing Touch Football in the years she couldn’t play league.
Vanessa played junior football for the Orange Hawks, before debuted for the Canley Vale Dragons in 2014.
After having her second child in early 2018, Tazmin Gray returned to play for Queensland City at the 2018 National Championships before representing Queensland in the 2018 State of Origin Series.
Isabelle made her Harvey Norman Jillaroos debut at the 2017 Auckland Nines, before scoring the first Try in the Jillaroos win over New Zealand in the ANZAC Test of the same year in her Test Match debut.
Julia Robinson burst onto the scene as part of the Australian Defence Force team at the 2018 National Championships in her first year of Rugby League.
Jess played as a junior for the Coogee Randwick Wombats before having to stop playing at the age of 12.
Simaima started playing rugby league in 2014 after coming from a rugby union background, as she enjoyed the physicality of Rugby League.
Meg started playing Rugby League in 2017, making her debut for the Northern Sharks in Darwin before representing the Northern Territory in the Combined Affiliated States Championships.
Holli was part of the NSW Country Rugby League team that won the 2018 National Championships as well as the New South Wales Origin winning team last year.