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It's Bigger Than Rugby League | Elianna Walton

For Sydney Roosters forward Elianna Walton, the launch of the Women's Premiership was something bigger than rugby league.

The 18-year veteran of the game sees the competition opening up fresh opportunities for a new generation of rugby league fans.

"I play for my family and to show my children that they can do whatever they want," said the fiery competitor and mother of two.

"With the launch of the Women's Premiership, I see all kinds of avenues opening up for not only athletes, but people interested in pursuing a career in other areas of rugby league."

Elianna sites her 11-year-old daughter, Saphira, as a prime example.

"My daughter has obviously been around rugby league since she was born, so she knows the game inside out."

"For her, she's not really into playing league, she's creative and organised, so she would be good in a managerial or administration role."

"She certainly keeps me organised- 'Mum you've forgotten your boots! Don't forget this, don't forget that!' She's a very big help for me, and my number one supporter.

"She's my little PA, so I'm happy that there are avenues for her to explore."

Elianna's 7-year-old son Zayden has also been given the opportunity to be a ball-boy at the Roosters NRLW games.

Elianna says she's happy for her children to grow up in an era where women playing rugby league is given the spotlight.

"I'm lucky that they can be a part of it from the beginning.

"They are able to come along to training, and all the girls have known them since they were babies so they've grown up in a great supportive rugby league environment.

"It's why I love the sport, I love how inclusive it is, it doesn't matter about your background or what your circumstances are.

"You can really showcase your passion, your pride in your jersey, and the pride in your community and culture.

"Look at the Roosters team, we all have different backgrounds, and we all come together for a common goal and the sport we love.

"We are all proud to be a woman in sport in this day and age and it's the perfect time to showcase that."

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