Some of the Western Women's Rugby League's most exciting players will be on show at the National Championships in Queensland later this week.
Squads for the revamped women's competition have been confirmed, with a host Western-based players set to join some of the country's best at the four-day event.
Dubbo's Wiradjuri Goannas star Taneka Todhunter is joined in the NSW Country under 19s side by Orange Vipers pair Lilly Baker and Tabua Tuinakauvadra while Woodbridge's Kirby sisters Nickita and Nickolle will play in the a Fist Nation Gems side coached by Western Rams mentor Jess Skinner.
The championships, featuring an opens and under 19s division, runs from Thursday to Sunday and all players in attendance will be looking to impress and potentially push their case for NRLW contract.
"A number of players who play at these Championships are going to find themselves getting a tap on the shoulder to play for an NRLW club this year which is really exciting," current Jillaroos coach and one-time Bathurst Panthers mentor Brad Donald told NRL.com.
"Adding to that, it's a key event as part of building the women's pathway.
"Every one of these girls who will play has had some physical testing done so we can really gather some data from here on the next group who makes their way to the NRLW.
"That's going to help us make future decisions around the game, the intensity, the rules, and more expansion."
The selection for Todhunter continues what has been an exciting few years for the teenager.
The speedy and versatile Todhunter has just finished up her second season with the Roosters' Indigenous Academy side in the Tarsha Gale Cup.
Todhunter regularly featured at hooker for the Roosters during their run to the final, where they were beaten 30-4 by the Dragons.
The recognition for Todhunter and her fellow Western players follows the immense development of the women's game in the local area in recent years.
The fifth edition of the Western Women's Rugby League competition will be held later this year and it has again grown, with an under 12s division to join the current under 14s, under 16s, under 18s, and opens.
The National Championships will be live-streamed on NRL.com.
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