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Queensland skipper vows Women's NRL return

Queensland Women’s State of Origin captain Karina Brown suffered a broken jaw in her SEQ Women’s game on Sunday, but after having undergone a successful surgery she is vowing to be ready to return to the field to play for the Sydney Roosters in this year’s inaugural NRL Women’s premiership.

Turning out for the Easts Tigers in their 22-4 win over Souths Logan in their Division 1 game; Brown broke her jaw in two places after going after a ball and colliding awkwardly with an opposition player in the final two minutes of the game.

“My season is still in my hands at this point and I have my sights set on the WNRL premiership and playing for the mighty @sydneyroosters in September,” she wrote on her Instagram page (post below).


Chook Brown Jaw Update: With 2min to go in the game on Sunday, I unfortunately broke my jaw in 2 places. I had surgery last night to put me back together again thanks to Dr Anthony Crombie. A guardian angel sent you - thank you Grebs. ❤️ This is just another challenge for me and one I won’t back down from. The best thing about this experience was to feel all the love and support that was around me and for that I am so grateful. Thank you to Souths Logan for all coming over and shaking my hand after the game and for those players that stayed with me until the ambulance arrived. A great display of sportsmanship. Thank you to the Easts tigers and our coaching/support crew who were part of an outstanding game yesterday, I was so proud of you all. Thanks to my family, friends and to my work family for all the calls, messages and for sending in the most beautiful flowers! To my wonderful mum and Dad, my step Dad and my Poppy who held me together. I love you all a lot. Thank you to all the staff at the Wesley Hospital who have been beyond amazing in my care. Thanks to my room mate @vdksimone for being a very kind and loving person. And Finally but most importantly to my girl @nessfoliaki - well you deserve your own post my superstar of a girlfriend. So I will save the accolades for later. You deserve all the beautiful words coming your way soon! I love you. My season is still in my hands at this point and I have my sights set on the WNRL premiership and playing for the mighty @sydneyroosters in September. It will be a tight run to the finish line butttt Rest assured I am going to make it! “Tough Times don’t Last, Tough People Do!” ❤️

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Brown, who skippered the Harvey Norman Queensland Women's team in this year’s inaugural Women’s State of Origin match, thanked her partner, family, friends, team-mates and opposing players for their support throughout her ordeal and praised the work of the medical staff to get her on the road to recovery.

Everyone at the QRL is wishing her a smooth and speedy recovery.

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