Muswellbrook product Brydie Parker and Scone teacher Yasmin Meakes have been named in the Harvey Norman NSW Women's State of Origin team for the Ampol Women's State of Origin match at the Sunshine Coast on Friday 25 June.
Parker, a former Muswellbrook Ramette, said it was a huge achievement to be named in such a high quality squad again and she's excited about the journey ahead.
The team started their training on the weekend, and Parker said it was awesome to get together and start building in preparation for June 25.
"Following Sunday we will go into camp one week before game day so that'll be great to come together to build connections and bond as a team," she said.
"Our squad is fairly similar to last year so i don't think it wont take long for the team to gel."
Meakes who has been named as number 2 and Parker, named as an emergency on an extended bench, both play for the Central Coast Roosters.
Parker added that it was surreal to have been presented so many opportunities in her short time in the game.
"A lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifices have been made to get to the point I am at today and it's a real honour to have come from a small country town like Muswellbrook where I will continue to promote and hope that many girls will follow the pathway I have worked for," she said.
"It is unreal to see the amount of growth in the women's game and how many opportunities there are to play rugby league now."
It is unreal to see the amount of growth in the women's game.Brydie Parker