Newcomer Harris named for Southern in Representative Trial

Updated: April 12, 2018

Group 10’s Ella Harris will be playing alongside and against some of the best female Rugby League players in Australia, as well as some of the brightest female talent from Regional NSW, when the CRL Northern v Southern Representative trial kicks-off at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Having only began playing tackle Rugby League this season, Harris will be putting her hand up for potential NSW State of Origin and Jillaroos jerseys after being selected to play for CRL Southern, in what will amazingly be only her eighth ever game of tackle Rugby League.

Harris started playing 13-aside this year, with Saturday’s game marking only her eighth ever Rugby League tackle game.

The Northern and Southern Country sides include Australian Jillaroos World Cup winners Isabelle Kelly, Ruan Sims, Nakia Davis Welsh, Bec Young, Vanessa Foliaki and Talesha Quinn.

Harris could only play touch football and league tag growing up as no women’s rugby league competitions existed in her area.

“We had a little Nines tournament at the end of last year which was my first ever contact, but I have grown up with Rugby League, my brother has played, my Dad has played, I have just been around it and always wanted it but it’s never been out here.” Harris said.

The Country Women’s side will compete in the new National Championships in June, for selection in the Australian Jillaroos squad. Harris says the player she is most looking forward to playing with is Talesha Quinn.

“We actually grew up together in the same town and played touch football together, she’s a couple of years older so I’ve always looked up her and it will be great to finally be able to play with her again.

“It was shock to the make the team but I’m very grateful to have the opportunity.

“You see the girls on the screen, I’ve watched them and followed them for years and to have the opportunity to play with them is just unreal.”

The CRL Women’s Northern v Southern Representative trial will take place at Glen Willow Regional Sports Complex, Mudgee; with the game kicking off at 10:30am.

Catch all the Live Stream action from the Women’s trial, as well as the Finals of the Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cups on CRL’s Facebook page and from 10:30am Saturday, 14th April.