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If last week’s NRL Legends Shield is anything to go by, the health of rugby league in this state has never been better.

Women’s rugby league, in particular, is on the up – backed by the fact that 31 girls’ sides from across NSW travelled to Macquarie University on Thursday for a carnival jam-packed full of footy and fun.

The rapid rise of women’s rugby league, with more than 11,600 females now playing the sport, is no surprise to those in the know.

Female participation is on the rise across all age groups as well as in Sydney and country NSW in general – and those who aren’t playing the game are getting in the action too. At the NRL Legends Shield, the NSWRL proudly supplied officials – and the majority were females in another strong sign for the sport.

NSW Women’s Interstate Challenge coach Head believes it’s a great sign to see so many girls interested in the code from such a young age.