The Sydney Roosters are pleased to announce the appointment of Simaima Taufa as Captain of the Roosters inaugural NRL Holden Women's Premiership team.
The reigning Dally M Female Player of the Year was among the Club's first marquee signings for the new competition, and has been an integral contributor to the team's preparations both on and off the field.
"The Sydney Roosters are a Foundation Club with such a proud history, and it's a huge honour to be named the first captain of the Roosters Women's team," said Taufa.
"To be chosen to lead the team is a responsibility I'm really excited about, and looking forward to, but there are a number of senior players in our side, and while I might have the 'captain' next to my name, I know that we all feel so proud to represent the Roosters, and will keep working together to make this first season of the competition a memorable one for the Club," she added.
Roosters Women's Premiership Head Coach Adam Hartigan spoke about the attributes that saw the 24-year-old earn the call-up.
"We are fortunate to have a number of leaders in our squad, and everyone has invested in the Roosters culture, which has been terrific, but we are pleased to have named Simaima as captain of the Roosters inaugural women's team," said Hartigan.
"Simaima is a hard worker who has the respect of both her peers and the coaching staff.
"She sets the tone at training and leads by example, so I have no doubt that Simaima will be an outstanding leader for our team both on and off the field," he added.
Taufa started playing rugby league in 2014. She made her debut for New South Wales and the Jillaroos later that year and has been a mainstay in both teams ever since.
2017 was a standout season for the lock.
In addition to the Dally M award, she was also named the RLPA Women's Player of the Year and NSWRL Women's Player of the Year.
More recently, Taufa was a member of the 2018 NSW Women's Premiership-winning side with Mounties and named Player of the Match.