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Women's Rugby League is the female-only version of the game rugby league football. There are currently clubs for female only participation running in Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand which are overseen by the various individual organisations of those separate countries and internationally by the Women & Girls Rugby League.

Women's rugby league
Highest governing bodyRugby League International Federation
NicknamesRugger, Footy, The Greatest Game of All
ContactFull Contact
Team membersThirteen
Mixed genderSingle
TypeTeam sport, Outdoor
EquipmentRugby ball
VenueRugby league playing field

At international level Australia, France, England and New Zealand compete on a regular basis with a Women's Rugby League World Cup held at a regular interval after first being established in 2000.



Governing bodiesEdit

Women's & Girls Rugby LeagueEdit

The Women & Girls Rugby League is the international governing body of women's rugby league and was established in 2000 in conjunction with the first Women's Rugby League World Cup.

The organization currently oversees the running of the international game for women's rugby league and helps organize rugby league domestically in several countries.

Australian Women's Rugby LeagueEdit

The Australian Women's Rugby League is the governing body of female rugby league in Australia and other parts of Oceania and was established in 1993. It currently falls under the Australian Rugby League which oversees its running and management but it took the association five years to be recognized by the ARL.

The AWRL is run at state level by its own governing organizations in the Queensland Women's Rugby League, New South Wales Women's Rugby League, Canberra Women's Rugby League and the Western Australian Women's Rugby League. The main women's competitions in Australia are the Sydney Metropolitan Women's Rugby League and the Brisbane and District Women's Rugby League.

At international level the Women's Australian side is commonly referred to as the Australian Jillaroos.

Rugby Football LeagueEdit

The RFL Women's Rugby League is the governing body of female rugby league in the United Kingdom; although some activity is run by the independent Women's Amateur Rugby League Association, originally established in 1985. With summer rugby becoming increasingly popular, the appeal of WARLA has waned, with the RFL running the largest women's rugby league competition in the world.

At the beginning of the 2006 season there were between thirty and forty female only rugby league clubs running in England not including clubs that have teams of both sexes.[1] The majority of these clubs are located in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

The RFL Women's Rugby League is a competition for female rugby league teams.

At international level the Women's England side is commonly referred to as the Great Britain Lionesses In 2006, the RFL announced that after the 2007 All Golds Tour the Great Britain team would no longer compete on a regular basis, and that players would be able to represent England, Wales and Scotland at Test level. It is planned that the Great Britain team will come together in future only for occasional tours.

New Zealand Rugby LeagueEdit

Women's rugby league in New Zealand is controlled by the New Zealand Rugby League. The national side is called the Kiwi Ferns. The NZRL Women's National Tournament is a competition for female rugby league teams.

Australian active competitionsEdit

Each state has their own games and competitions.

One of the most anticapated games on a national level is the State of Origin. This series is played by Queensland and New South Wales. The series only consists of three matches. Each match is played at a different ground including, Sydney ANZ stadium[2] and, Queensland Suncorp stadium.[3] The team who wins two of the three games wins the State of Origin cup.


The following international teams compete on a regular basis:

The following is a list of nations that compete internationally in women's rugby league.

Nation Moniker International debut RLIF Rank
  Australia Jillaroos 1
  Brazil Amazonas 11
  Canada Ravens 2017 vs   New Zealand 4
  Cook Islands Moana 5
  England Lionessess 3
  France 7
  Great Britain Lionessess
  Italy 2017 vs   Lebanon 8
  Jamaica Lady Reggae Warriors 2019 vs   Ontario
  Lebanon Junipers 2017 vs   Italy 9
  New Zealand Kiwi Ferns 2
  Papua New Guinea Orchids 6
  Samoa Fetu Samoa
  United States

Women's Rugby League World CupEdit

The Women's Rugby League World Cup was first held in Great Britain during 2000 to coincide with men's Rugby League World Cup with Australia, France, Great Britain and New Zealand competing.

The World Cup is played every 4 years. The next World Cup will be held in 2017 in Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea and will be played alongside the Men's tournament.[4] In the 2013 World Cup, the Australian Jillaroos’ won the cup breaking New Zealand’s 13 year winning streak.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Women's rugby league". 7 September 2005. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  2. ^ "ANZ stadium". Retrieved 31 October 2017.[better source needed]
  3. ^ "Suncorp stadium".{{better source needed|date=October 2017|reason=the page cited has no information about the State of Origin
  4. ^ "2 years to go to RLWC2017 Final". 2015-12-01. Archived from the original on 2016-03-19. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  5. ^ "Jillaroos win Women's World Cup". 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2016-06-20.

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