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Skipper's broken jaw assessed ahead of NRLW opener

Queensland skipper Karina Brown will find out Thursday if she is on track to participate in the inaugural NRL Women's Premiership.

A two-try hero for Queensland in the Women's State of Origin clash earlier this year, Brown has been sidelined for the past six weeks with a broken jaw.

Brown fractured her jaw in two places and had several plates inserted in her face, meaning she missed the closing rounds and finals series for the South East Queensland Women's competition.

However she has already commenced training with the Sydney Roosters for the four-week NRLW season, traveling from her home in Brisbane to Sydney and returning after each weekend.

The NRLW season will run concurrent with the finals series of the men's competition – and features teams from the Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons and New Zealand Warriors, as well as the Roosters.

Brown's partner Vanessa Foliaki and Queensland teammates Tazmin Gray and Zahara Temara are also signed to the Roosters.

Queensland-based fans have their first chance to witness an NRLW team in action when the Brisbane Broncos take on the PNG Orchids team as a curtain-raiser to the Broncos v Manly NRL game.

That match will be held at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, September 2.