NRLW superstars Simaima Taufa and Vanessa Foliaki were put through their paces recently by two up and coming sports journalists, Ellie and Orla.
The hard-hitting questions were directed from an unlikely source, as both Ellie and Orla are Year 5 students from Randwick Public School.
The aspiring sports journalists were given an unique opportunity to interview two players from the current Roosters NRLW Squad.
NRLW Captain Simaima Taufa and Vanessa Foliaki met the students at Randwick Public School for the interview and also delivered a clinic for the school’s Under 9’s Rugby League players.
Ellie: What do you like about Rugby League and why do you think girls should play it?
Vanessa: I love Rugby League because it’s challenging; it challenges me to be better on and off the field. I also love rugby league because you get to create great friendships and play with your best mates. I think girls should play it because it’s fun!
Orla: Do you like being tackled or tackling other players?
Vanessa: Probably tackling other players. A big part of my game is defence, so I will say tackling.
Ellie: What are the key skills of being a rugby league player?
Simaima: For me, a great to skill to have is being open minded and being able to take in the coach’s feedback. If you are open minded to the feedback you receive, you will be a team player and will develop as a player.
The full interview will be made available in the school’s quarterly newspaper, The Endeavour.
Both young girls have an impressive portfolio, having already interviewed some heavy hitters in the industry, and they were incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to meet two elite female athletes and wished the girls well for their up and coming season.