Kiana relishing cultural education at All Stars

This story was first written for and published by NRL.com.  Kiana Takairangi has fond childhood memories of following her older brother Brad around the house mimicking him as he would try and perform the Haka. Despite growing up with a dad and a brother who played rugby league, Kiana didn’t yet know women could play […]

Travel-weary Hill aims to emulate UK success at Nines

This article was first written for and published by NRL.com. A five-hour flight from Sydney to Perth was a walk in the park for Sydney Roosters Nines player Courtney Hill following the journey she took to get to Australia. After an almost 24-hour trip from England to Sydney ended on Monday morning at 8am, Hill […]

Has international rugby league finally turned a corner?

This article was first written for and published by The Roar.  2019 was a watershed year for international rugby league, with more coverage than ever before. The Papua New Guinea Orchids registered their first ever international win, defeating England, the teams for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup were decided, and there was an international […]

Test preview: Jillaroos versus Kiwi Ferns

This article was first written for and published by The Roar.  When the Kiwi Ferns beat the Australian Jillaroos 17-15 in the final of the World Cup Nines last weekend it was the first time the Jillaroos had lost a game since 2017. There was some disappointment from Aussie fans after the defeat and potentially […]

League or union? Jillaroos or Kiwis? Bo knows she chose well

This article was first written for and published by NRL.com.  Botille Vette-Welsh used to sledge James Tamou for choosing Australia over New Zealand but now she can empathise after making the switch. “I used to give James Tamou so much slack for choosing to represent Australia over New Zealand. I used to think ‘how could […]