GIRLS' GAME: Samantha Bremner of the Jillaroos is tackled during the women's rugby league international against the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns in Newcastle this year. More women are playing rugby league.
GIRLS' GAME: Samantha Bremner of the Jillaroos is tackled during the women's rugby league international against the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns in Newcastle this year. More women are playing rugby league. Mark Kolbe

Rugby league now more popular among women

COUNTRY Rugby League has announced a new nine-a-side women's competition for next year.

The competition will be held on the Central Coast during a six-week period starting in February.

The recent launch of CRL Nines competitions in Dubbo, Newcastle and the Illawarra has attracted more than 300 players, with half of all registered females now participating.

With the increasing popularity of rugby league among women in all forms of the game, the CRL Nines are a great opportunity for current, returning or new players to try the tackle version of the game.

Country Rugby League female participation officer Kylie Hilder believes the announcement of the new competition is testament to the continued growth of women's rugby league across Regional New South Wales.

"The initial competitions in Dubbo, Newcastle and the Illawarra were very successful and we're really excited to see the Central Coast, Tamworth and Group 21 host competitions in 2017,” Hilder said.

"The Central Coast has a strong representation of females playing rugby league with their Ladies League Tag competition and the Berkeley Vale Panthers competing in the NSW Women's Rugby League competition and the CRL Nines will allow current, returning and new players the opportunity to try the tackle version of the game.”



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