North Queensland Cowboys join the NRLW under expanded women’s competition

A football player holds up a large gold trophy as her team mates celebrate

ABC Sport

The North Queensland Cowboys have secured their spot in the NRLW, carving a new elite pathway for women in rugby league heartland.

The club will join the Canberra Raiders, Cronulla Sharks and Wests Tigers as part of a major expansion of the women’s competition for the 2023 season.

It was a pinch-me moment for players like 19-year-old Jordii Mahendrarajah from Townsville.

“I’ve been playing since I was 10 years old with the boys,” she said.

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