The decision by St George Illawarra Dragons to sign Taliah Fuimaono for the 2021 NRL Women’s Premiership, and extend the NRL contract of her brother Tyrell, has helped the siblings to create their own slice of Australian Rugby League history.
When 22-year-old Taliah dons the Red V jersey for the fourth edition of the NRLW season in October, the pair will become the first ever brother-sister duo to play for an Australian first grade rugby league club at the same time.
Dragons general manager of football Ben Haran labelled the Fuimaono announcement a momentous day for the club.
"Tyrell has demonstrated that he is an extremely capable NRL player and we're looking forward to seeing him continue his impressive development over the coming two seasons," Haran told Dragons.com.au.
"Our commitment to the women's game has also allowed us to provide an opportunity to Taliah. She will be given every opportunity to make a spot in the halves her own this upcoming NRLW season.
"Not only is the announcement a proud day for St George Illawarra but also the entirety of the Fuimaono family and we're looking forward to having them both on board."
Having overcome an ACL injury and two shoulder reconstructions throughout her career so far, the Samoan International and Indigenous All Star has starred for Mounties in this year’s Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership – scoring seven tries from eight appearances.
Fuimaono joins Harvey Norman NSW Sky Blues Kezie Apps, Keeley Davis, Quincy Dodd and Holli Wheeler in what is building as a formidable squad for the upcoming NRLW season.