NRL to launch women's competition

The NRL is set to follow in the AFL's footsteps by announcing a women's competition to begin in 2018.

On the back of the success of the Australia team winning the women's World Cup the time to strike was now. 

It is understood matches which will feature up to six teams aligned with exisiting NRL clubs and will be played as curtain raiser's during the NRL finals series. 

There is set to be a decider also to be played as a pre-cursor to the NRL grand final. 

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said they were focused on a dedicated pathway for women in the sport. 

"The women's game has become an attraction in its own right and anyone who has seen the Jillaroos in action cannot help but be impressed by the skills and athleticism on display." Greenberg said. 

"The NRL is determined to provide the right channels for women to follow and play rugby league — and today is a great starting point for that program."

IMAGE: Getty Images 

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