NRLWrap, Ruan Sims, Women’s Home State Expansion

With the NRLW competition set to have extensions from next year, including developments towards representative football, women’s rugby league pioneer Ruan Sims believes anything is possible.

Earlier this week, the ARLC announced that the women’s state of origin would move to a two-game series in 2023, with both games to be played separately from the men and broadcast live on Nine.

The overall salaries of Origin and All Star players are also expected to increase under the new deal.

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Queensland Maroon captain Ali Brigginshaw holds the shield as she celebrates victory after the Women’s State of Origin match. (Getty)

With the move from one to two games next year, questions have been raised about the ability to have a potentially decisive third game to split the series.

“I think there have been a lot of questions regarding the two games, I’m just glad we’re moving forward,” Sims told Wide World of Sports. NRL Wrap.

“One is not enough because you see how fanatical they are [the players] are in this game and sometimes you just need to tweak a few things to be able to prepare for the next game.

To align the game with the men’s best-of-three series, Sims said several factors would need to change to ensure the move is successful.

“I would love to see that in three games in 2024 when we have 10 teams. I would love to see that expand to three games because I think he has the ability to stand on his own and do that. .

“But that comes with it – you have to pay those players more, you have to have the right pay conditions and welfare, quality of training, medical, everything in the background to ensure success and those players can focus on football during this period because it is a wonderful sight.

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A special guest on the NRL WrapRoosters captain and six-time New South Wales Blues representative Corban Baxter said she was delighted to see the series cut to two games but would like to see the biggest grudge match in Australian sport end in three efforts.

“I mean, more footy for us, especially these Origin games, we love being part of this campaign and the games are the pinnacle of women’s sports, people love watching it,” Baxter said.

“Having two for next year is a step in the right direction, but hopefully he won’t be around for long and we can push for three very soon.”

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