Queensland Rugby League (QRL) has delivered on its promise from 2020 to provide equal pay for all players who represent the Maroons side.
Female players chosen to be part of the Queensland camp will earn $15,000 per match – the same amount in match fees as star Queensland players such as Cameron Munster, Daly Cherry-Evans and Kaylyn Ponga – in 2022.
Equal remuneration is a first for the National Rugby League (NRL) and was driven by QRL’s investment into the elite women’s side.
The match fee for the men’s side was cut down to 415,000 due to the coronavirus pandemic and will not be increased next year.
The Queensland women’s State of Origin team will be given equal pay as the men’s side from 2022. Getty Images
Maroons captain Ali Brigginshaw said the pressure on having to go work and be able to train and play in the State of Origin will be eased for more than a dozen women.
“We play the game in the same spirit, to be looked after by the QRL in that way is a boost to the girls,” she said during a press conference.
“The most rewarding part is girls coming to camp knowing they won’t lose their job …. and for the development of young girls in the game knowing they’re getting paid the same amount as the guys next to them.”
She said the women’s side was slowy moving towards a “professional life”.
Daly Cherry-Evans, who has made 16 appearances for the Queensland side, said it was “only natural” the women’s side were paid the same as men.
“What this shows is that there’s a really strong progression coming in the women’s game, and it’s only natural that we keep giving our female players the opportunity to spend more time away to grow the game they love,” he said.
NRLW star Ali Brigginshaw said equal pay will allow the women to focus on playing the sport and not have to worry about losing their jobs as they aim to grow the sport. Picture: Getty Images
A group of 30 players will be selected and contracted to the QRL for a series of camps ahead of the one game that decides who takes out the series.
Each member will be paid $4,000 as compensation for their time they need to take off to work, train and travel and as part of their recovery.
An additional $7,000 payment will be given to players who will be selected to the final camp for the first game on June 24.
The 18 players who then get chosen to play will be given a $4,000 match payment which is in line with the current amount funded by the NRL and the same figure as the New South Wales Women’s Rugby League.
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QRL Chief Executive Officer Rohan Sawyer described the announcement as a “momentous” occassion.
“We recognise the enormous amount of work and effort these individuals do and the teams and the squad,” he said.
“It is a milestone step. The key for us was to always get to this point. It’s a step we wanted to take and it was a step we knew had to be done and we’re glad to do that in a faster time than anticipated.”
The women’s side are also hoping they will be able to have three games for the Origin series in future.
Brigginshaw wants the NSWRL to follow suit and support the girls in the Harbour City.

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