Following a long and busy Rugby League season, a return to full fitness is in sight for Kezie Apps.
The Harvey Norman NSW Women’s second-rower suffered a devastating blow in February 2017, breaking her leg at the NRL Auckland Nines event as the Jillaroos overcame the Kiwi Ferns. Returning in time for a second consecutive NSW victory over Queensland in July, Apps had plates inserted to allow her to take part in the 2017 Women’s Rugby League World Cup, when she tasted international glory once again. The removal of the plates has the 26-year-old ready to get back on the field.
“I just got my plates and screws taken out of my leg 10 days ago and I just got my stitches taken out,” Apps tells NSWRL.com.au. “The surgeon said ideally 12 weeks before I can start running again so the holes in my leg can heal from the screws.”
“Minimum six weeks… so maybe like eight weeks!”
Apps, a Dragons ambassador also playing for the Helensburgh Tigers in the Illawarra Women’s Rugby League, expects to be back in time for the commencement of that competition in April. From there, she will set her sights on another State of Origin appearance.
“I should be back by April and then Origin’s in June,” Apps adds. “I’ll be sweet for Origin, I can’t wait for that. That was my main concern.”
The CRL-run Illawarra Women’s Rugby League will take place alongside the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership, also to commence in early April.