However, a key core of their women’s team will be in action as well, with six current Bears set to face off on the Brisbane Broncos v Sydney Roosters clash on Saturday afternoon at AAMI Park.
Tallisha Harden and Zahara Temara will line up for the Roosters; while Tazmin Gray, Amber Pilley, Millie Boyle and Chelsea Lendarduzzi - who has been named to make her return from injury - will don the Brisbane colours.
Both sides will also boast former Bears with current Easts Tigers back Karina Brown (Roosters) and Runaway Bay forward Rona Peters (Broncos) also featuring in the NRLW Round 2 match.
Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons representative Harden said she was proud of the achievement of her club to have helped bring so many players through their pathway in the SEQ Division 1 team.
“To have six women be a part of the NRLW this year from one club is a big achievement,” Harden, who played on despite a broken nose in Round 1, said.
“Especially to have them spread across two different clubs as well in the Broncos and Roosters.
“It shows our depth.
“Our coach Tahnee Norris is a legend and we players all recognise and are grateful for her contribution and guidance to make us the best we can be both on field and off field.”
Tallisha Harden plays with broken nose
While she was happy to see her fellow Bears in the Broncos side reach their NRL goals, including Boyle in her debut season; she was focused on getting a win over them with the Roosters.
“We all have a pretty close bond at clubland; and this is the first time I’ve played against Taz, Chels, Amber and Millie.
“This will be a challenge, but something I think we are all looking forward to.”
The club also recently saw nine of their players take part in the Gold Coast Titans Women’s Invitational Match at Cbus Super Stadium.