Stars align for NSW in Women's Origin

Alex MitchellAAP
Millie Boyle is one of five Dally M medallists in the NSW Women's State of Origin team.
Camera IconMillie Boyle is one of five Dally M medallists in the NSW Women's State of Origin team. Credit: AAP

NSW will be bursting at the seams with talent in Friday night's Women's State of Origin clash with Queensland in Canberra, boasting a record five Dally M medallists in their line-up.

Headlined by last season's joint Dally M winners Millie Boyle and Emma Tonegato, they surpass the previous mark of four set by the Queensland men's team.

For context, no NSW men's side has ever had more than three Dally M winners in it, with their 1989 Game I side containing Terry Lamb, Gavin Miller and Greg Alexander.

Queensland played a number of matches in the 2014, 2015 and 2017 series after Cameron Smith, Jonathon Thurston, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk had tasted Dally M success.

Boyle and Tonegato are joined in the Blues' line-up by fellow Dally M winners Jessica Sergis (2019), Simaima Taufa (2017) and captain Kezie Apps (2016).

And prop Boyle may just be the pick of the bunch, with plenty more to achieve at 24 years of age.

Her powerful 2022 campaign saw her average 199 run metres a game, 31m ahead of the next best, while she also gained 76m post contact per outing, also the league's top ranking.

Asked what it would be like to play alongside Olympic rugby sevens gold medallist Tonegato, who returned to league last season, Boyle said it symbolised the growth of the NSW team.

"We'll take more out of the fact there were two NSW teams in the grand final this year, all the NSW players really stepped up and they're here now," she said.

"We'll take that into Friday night."

Fullback Tonegato seems the perfect addition to a NSW side that lacked spark in last year's encounter, the Blues falling 8-6 to lose for a second consecutive year.

Boyle said her teammates had carried that hurt since and were keen to make amends.

"It doesn't really have to be brought up - we all know," she said.

"Most of us have been a part of that team and we know what that was like and how that felt.

"It'll just be the battle of who wants to keep sticking at it the longest and do the simple things for longer.

"That's carrying the ball, getting your completions, getting to your kicks, whoever wants to do the slow grind for the longest and hang in there, that's where the points are."

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