NRL announce Women’s competition and State of Origin for 2018

Rugby League fans will be treated to more games than ever with the NRL announcing a new Women’s Premiership competition and Women’s State of Origin match.

The NRL Women’s premiership will feature up to six teams, who’ll be aligned with current NRL clubs.

It’s not known how many teams will take part in the competition in 2018.


Their matches will be played as double-headers during the NRL finals with the title to be decided as a curtain raiser to the Men’s Grand Final.

Alongside the six matches, there’ll be a stand-alone State of Origin game which will be played during the NRL’s representative weekend in mid-June.

There are further changes for Australian contracted players, with 40 girls set to receive Jillaroos contracts which include payments for matches as well as access to high-performance support staff and training throughout the year.

NRL Boss Todd Greenburg said the changes are a step in the right direction for Rugby League.

“For the first time, there will be a dedicated pathway for our women to follow,  from grassroots junior league to State Competitions, and on to Premiership matches and representative Origin and Test Match opportunities,” he said.

The development of the Women’s game won’t stop after 2018, with the NRL committing to grow the top competition to replicate the Men’s edition in coming years.