New faces can help halt fancied Blues
QUEENSLAND have the cattle to take out the inaugural women's State of Origin match according to Brothers Ipswich and Maroons hooker Brittany Breayley.
Breayley will take the field alongside Brothers teammates Ali Brigginshaw, Kody House, Amelia Kuk and Maitua Feterika at the historic North Ipswich Oval on June 22.
Queensland coach Jason Hetherington will be assisted by Brothers co-coach Nat Dwyer.
Queensland will attempt to end a two-year losing run against their New South Wales opponents, in what was previously known as the Women's Interstate Series but was finally afforded State of Origin billing in 2018.
"This year I think the coaching staff have named a line-up that looks convincing, and I believe it's a winning team,” Breayley said.
"I'm really excited to play alongside those girls.
"We have some debutantes making their way into the team, and I'm really excited for them to get that opportunity.”
Hetherington named six new players in the team, after watching the recent National Championships at Southport.
"I went and watched the Nationals and came away very excited,” Hetherington said.
"We did lose a few of our senior girls quickly, so now I guess it's a little bit of a rebuild.
"It's a bit of a fresh start for us moving forward. We've come away with a side we think can do really well against the Blues.”
The move to a prime time television slot with State of Origin billing is further proof the women's game is moving in the right direction, according to Breayley.
"Women's rugby league is continually growing, and only going to get bigger,” she said.
"To be a standalone game on prime time TV on a Friday, when you'd usually have the Broncos or another NRL team playing, it's quite exciting.
"I can't wait for the 22nd of June, to run out on North Sydney Oval and hopefully come away with the win.”
Breayley will join her Queensland teammates in camp on Saturday, before the group fly to Sydney on the June 20 ahead of the Friday night blockbuster.