“I began doing union issues in a league setting and vice versa … I am nervous, however I am excited.”
The Wallaroos had 9 Take a look at matches scheduled in opposition to 5 completely different nations in preparation for the 2021 Rugby World Cup – all of which have been cancelled attributable to COVID-19.
Quite a lot of women have made the code swap within the meantime, with spherical one seeing the NRLW debuts of Charlotte Caslick and Ellia Inexperienced. Hamilton mentioned whereas she had performed in opposition to Caslick in rugby, they’d by no means been in the identical staff.
She additionally mentioned that whereas she all the time wished to play league, clashing schedules by no means made it potential.
Upon listening to the Take a look at matches have been known as off, Hamilton mentioned she jumped on the likelihood to play within the NRLW.
“I used to be a bit nervous coming in [to the NRLW] as the ladies know that [union] was additionally going to be my precedence,” she mentioned. “There are rather a lot much less guidelines in rugby league, which is sweet.”
Hamilton was chosen to play for the Wallaroos in 2016 earlier than being named captain in 2019. She additionally gained two premierships with the NSW Waratahs within the Tremendous W.
If Hamilton stays off the bench for the NRLW’s spherical three, she’s going to play shut pal and Wallaroos teammate Millie Boyle.
For now, Hamilton joked she was “completely” on a mission to recruit as many gamers from the NRLW to her personal code. She mentioned lots of her teammates on the Roosters began out in rugby and made the swap to league.
“I might like to see among the women give it a go … clearly we have the World Cup arising subsequent yr and so they’ve received their World Cup arising additionally however it might be nice to see them come over to union,” she mentioned. “I feel the abilities are actually transferable.”
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Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.