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NSW Origin debutante Millie Boyle

'Big Brother' worked a treat for Millie Boyle and the Harvey Norman NSW Women's Origin team.

Concerned about a lack of football opportunities in rugby union for his younger sister, Manly Sea Eagles forward Morgan Boyle was a constant voice in her ears about swapping over to league.

"I was definitely pushing her to get into rugby league. She's played for Australia in union but there didn't seem to be other paths for her from there," he told after Sea Eagles training on Tuesday.

Millie has played for the Wallaroos, the Queensland XV, the ACT and also for Bond University in the national university rugby Sevens competition.

But with few rugby clubs on the Gold Coast for the 21-year-old to keep pursuing her career in the 15-a-side game, she joined the Burleigh Bears in league. And she hasn't looked back.

Millie played prop for South-East Queensland at the Harvey Norman National Women's Championships earlier this month, and last Saturday was named in the NSW Origin team by virtue of being born in Cobargo and playing her junior footy with the Bermagui Eels.

Manly forward Morgan Boyle
Manly forward Morgan Boyle ©Gregg Porteous/NRL Photos

"I'm very proud of Millie because she trains really hard and makes a lot of sacrifices," Morgan said.

"A lot of the women do because most of them have full-time jobs. So she's someone who has had to make choices and decisions and all the while giving it her best.

"She deserves a spot and it's all credit to her.

"You can see what someone like [NSW Origin captain] Kezie Apps has done with her league. She got a job with footy, with the NRLW team at the Dragons, so Millie might go on the same path as that."

And it seems only proper that Millie can join Morgan in continuing the Boyle league tradition.

Their father David Boyle played 117 games for the Raiders and 56 for the Bradford Bulls in Super League. The Boyles' uncle is Raiders legend Jason Croker and they are cousins with Lachlan Croker – Morgan's Manly teammate.

As for his sister having so many different rep jerseys in her cupboard, he sees no problem with swapping back final to her home state.

"She'll be right," he said.

"Playing for Queensland was a good honour but she's a NSW girl and will have a lot more cheering for her down here."


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