The National Rugby League has today announced a plan to build the women’s game in 2018, including the inaugural Premiership.

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The competition will consist of six teams and is set to be played prior to semi-final matches, with the hope of increased participation in the near future. The six teams participating will be announced shortly.

As well as a new level added to the women’s game, the NRL is also introducing new aspects to the representative level games. The Interstate Challenge will be replaced with a stand alone State of Origin match during the representative round in May.

Forty Jillaroos players will be offered paid playing contracts and given access to high performance camps and elite programs and trainers.

The Jillaroos will be playing more games in the Pacific and New Zealand, as well as competing in the Commonwealth Games Championship in Redcliffe with the possibility of competing in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The new plan also features the introduction of improved pathways to help girls transition from grassroots and youth footy to the highest representative level. This includes state League competitions, with the  Grand Finals to be played prior to Women In League Round matches.

With the women’s competition being the fastest growing area of the game, this is set to be an exciting development.