There is dedication to making the most of your Rugby League career and there’s players who go beyond that like Western Sydney product Rueben Cherrington.
While Cherrington always had the talent to excel on the football field according to older sister and Harvey Norman NSW Sky Blue Kennedy, Rueben’s journey hasn’t come without challenge.
Travelling between her then-hometown of Perth and Sydney each week – finishing her final year of school in between – to play for St George Dragons in the Harvey Norman 2021 Tarsha Gale Cup, Cherrington reaped the rewards of that commitment by having a pivotal two-try role in the Red V’s 30-4 Grand Final against the Sydney Roosters in May.
An already strong season was only just getting started for Cherrington at that point; the No.9 going on to represent City Under 19s at the NRL’s Women’s National Championships.
And in an historic feat, the Cherrington sisters would both make their debuts for NSW on the same night – Kennedy for the Sky Blues and Rueben for the Under 19s.
Rueben herself was named vice-captain alongside Tayla Montgomery as NSW secured back-to-back Origin victories over their Queensland rivals.
Then, with a stellar year behind her, the 19-year-old was announced as a key signing for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership team from 2022 onwards, where she will join Kennedy in the same line-up.
Having now moved permanently back to Sydney to pursue their Rugby League dream together, the Cherrington family are poised for a big 2022 season including when the siblings take to the field alongside each other in the black, white and blue.