Women’s interstate challenge heads to the Gong.

Women’s Rugby League is on the rise, and we will get to see a glimpse of some of the best women’s players as New South Wales and Queensland will meet in the annual Interstate Challenge on Sunday at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.

Queensland have been dominant for 17 of the last 18 years, but NSW broke their drought, with an narrow 8-4 win on the Gold Coast last year. The Nellie Doherty cup is on the line, and NSW will be looking to retain it.

The game will be the curtain raiser for the NRL Round 20 Women in League Match, between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

Some of the players in action for the Blues include Australian and NSW Captain, Ruan Sims (Sister of NRL Stars Tariq and Korbin, and former NRL player, Ashton), local girls and Jillaroos stars, Samantha Bremner and Kezie Apps (both from Helensburgh). Berkeley’s Brittany Constable and Steelers Tarsha Gale Star, Rikeya Horne, are in the squad, however did not make the final team. Another Jillaroo, Alanna Ferguson is struggling with a shoulder injury, but will be a shadow player for the Blues.

Sims is also a local, growing up in Gerringong.


NSW Skipper, Sims said of the game;

“I feel like we’re the underdogs. Queensland’s history is just so rich and dominant. I feel like we’re still trying to prove ourselves find our feet”


Apps returns from injury, as she missed the Jillaroos win over the Kiwi Ferns in May, after breaking her leg in the preseason Auckland Nines tournament. Apps was awarded the Female Player of the Year in 2016.

The Women’s Interstate Challenge will kickoff at 11.45am this coming Sunday July 23. The game will be live on Fox League, and the NRL App, or head down to WIN Stadium, and see it live, you won’t be disappointed.

The NRL Game between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles will kickoff at 2pm.


1 Samantha Bremner (Helensburgh), 2 Jessica Sergis (Cronulla-Caringbah), 3 Corban McGregor (Cronulla-Caringbah), 4 Isabelle Kelly (North Newcastle), 5 Nakia Davis-Welsh (Redfern), 6 Caitlin Moran (North Newcastle), 7 Maddie Studdon (Redfern), 8 Ruan Sims (Captain, Cronulla-Caringbah), 9 Rebecca Riley (Redfern), 10 Elianna Walton (Greenacre), 11 Kezie Apps (Helensburgh), 12 Talesha Quinn (Cronulla-Caringbah), 13 Simaima Toufa (Mounties)

Interchange: 14 Lavina Phillips (Redfern), 15 Rebecca Young (North Newcastle), 16 Ruby Ewe (Cronulla-Caringbah), 17 Vanessa Foliaki (East Brisbane) 18 Jasmin Allende (Redfern)

Coach: Ben Cross


1 Karina Brown (Easts Tigers), 2 Chelsea Baker (Gladstone), 3 Amelia Kuk (Brothers Ipswich), 4 Jenni-Sue Hoepper (Townsville), 5 Courtney Robinson (Brothers Ipswich), 6 Zahara Temara (Burleigh), 7 Ali Brigginshaw (Brothers Ipswich), 8 Stephanie Hancock (Easts Tigers), 9 Brittany Breayley (Brothers Ipswich), 10 Heather Ballinger (West Brisbane), 11 Renae Kunst (West Brisbane) 12 Tazmin Gray (Burleigh), 13 Rona Peters (Burleigh)

Interchange: 14 Sasha Mahuika (Easts Tigers), 15 Kody House (Brothers Ipswich), 16 Aspau Mafi (West Brisbane), 17 Chelsea Lenarduzzi (Burleigh), 18 Kate Haren (Cairns).

Coach: Adrian Vowles