RUGBY league is becoming the sport of choice for an ever growing number of girls, and this year provides unpreceded opportunities for girls aged 13 years to Open Women to play the game in the Northern Division.

The Cairns District Women’s Rugby League has had strong registration numbers leading into the start of the female rugby league season with Train & Play programs for girls 13-18 years kicking off next Wednesday (April 22) at Jones Park in Cairns.

NRL Game Development Officer Robbie Moore said the schedule for the girls and women has been set for the year with regular opportunities for participation and pathways for females of all ages.

“Secondary School girls will have a three-week Train and Play program leading into the Pat Bailey Plate being played on May 8,” he said.

The Pat Bailey Plate Gala Day will also be used as selection trials for the Cairns & Innisfail/Eacham Under 16 girls sides to compete in the North Queensland titles, as well as an Under 14 FNQ side to participate in a tri-series against Mackay and Townsville as a curtain raiser to a NQ Cowboys game at 1300SMILES Stadium.

The girls are then available for selection in the North Queensland side to compete in the state titles which are being held in Brisbane.

An Under 17 girls “Country v City” exhibition game will also be played as a curtain raiser to South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canberra Raiders game at Barlow Park on the April 26.

Download the 2015 Women’s and Girls schedule for 2015 here.