01 October 2019

Rugby league's female players due to be paid for the first time

Women rugby league players are going to be paid for the first time at the inaugural World Cup Nines tournament.

Four nations are taking part in the competition - England, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The tournament takes place in Sydney on October 18-19.

The players will receive individual participation fees, which will be the same as their male counterparts.

After the tournament England will travel to Papua New Guinea for two more tests on November 9 and 16. The players will only be paid for the games during the World Cup Nines. However travel, accommodation, kit and professional support will be paid for by the Rugby Football League.

Rugby league funding, participation fees and tournament prize money varies depending on the competition and is decided by tournament organisers. Prize money is available at the World Cup Nines, though this will differ from the men's payout.

Female league players hold down full-time jobs alongside their rugby commitments due to lack of funding in the sport. Castleford Tigers' Georgia Roche works as a barista in a coffee shop and her team mate Kelsey Gentles is a student as well as working at the Co-op.

England's squad for the November test:

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