The pinnacle of Women’s Rugby League is to represent the Australian Jillaroos.
The Australian Jillaroos team is coached by Steven Folkes and are the current World Champions. Aside from the World Cup, the team plays in Test matches regularly prominently against New Zealand and also feature at the Dick Smith Auckland 9s.
A panel of National Selectors select the squad and the following tournaments/matches act as selection trials:
- Interstate Challenge (NSW vs QLD)
- Affiliated States Championships (VIC, SA, WA, NT)
- NRL All Stars
The Interstate challenge is the female version of State of Origin. One match is played to determine the premier State. The match is usually played in June or July.
Players are selected from local club and schools Rugby League in each State (+ ACT) for the Interstate Challenge.
Affiliated States Championship:
2015 will see a Women’s tackle component added to the Affiliated States Championship which will act as a selection trial for the Australian Jillaroos Squad for players residing outside NSW/QLD. Held in Darwin on the 4th – 7th June 2015, players will represent their State over the weekend.
All Stars vs Indigenous All Stars
In 2015, the Women’s All Stars vs Indigenous All Stars played the curtain raiser to the Men’s match in front of a large crowd on the Gold Coast. This match provides a further representative opportunity for the female calendar.