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Sevens code-switchers won’t find NRLW easy, says Jillaroos coach

Green and up to three other Australian sevens players are also eyeing a move to the NRLW.

“They’re superb athletes and I expect them to go and dominate, even though they haven’t played the sport before. I expect them to go and do really well,” Manenti told the Herald. “I see them as the top female football athletes. There is no reason from a skill-set point of view that they shouldn’t dominate.

New South Wales captain Keze Apps raises the Shield after last year's Women's State of Origin.

New South Wales captain Keze Apps raises the Shield after last year’s Women’s State of Origin.Credit:Getty

Donald said the established professionalism of the sevens circuit, in contrast to the semi-pro NRLW, would put pressure on those players coming across to league.

“The rugby girls have been professional for a lot of years now, we’ve transitioned from amateur footy to a more semi-professional environment,” he said. “It would put a lot of pressure on those guys as well to perform.”

Caslick is not just eyeing a spot in the NRLW but also a Maroons Origin jersey.

“It would be really really hard, especially in those origin teams, NSW have been training since November so have the QLD squad – they bring in their girls from all over QLD every month or so – so it would be really difficult have someone straight into the squad,” she said. “But again, it’s also something everyone would love to see how the athletes go against each other.”

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