This is a huge step forward for the NRL, considering that before 2013 the Jillaroos could only wear the green and gold if they were willing to cover the cost of accommodation and transport to and from games.
“It’s a great reward for the work they put in,” Jillaroos coach Brad Donald told AAP of the $2000 paycheque. “The girls are so grateful for everything. And they also understand they stand on the shoulders of those ladies who spent $1000 or $2000 in their careers just to be a part of representative footy.”
"You think of the likes of Nat Dwyer, Tahnee Norris, Tarsha Gale, Karyn Murphy. It cost those girls a lot of money. These girls are so great but very deserving."
Donald added that they, like the men’s team, now have the luxury of staying in single rooms in five-star hotels while travelling for tournaments.
“We’ve had lots and lots of things (change),” he told the publication. “Just little things along the way we have been able to manage and get the same equality. It’s been a milestone every year. It’s great.”
The players themselves have applauded the decision, which represents just how far women’s sport has come.
“Just seeing the 2019 premiership how it has just grown and the talent coming through from last year,” Jillaroos centre Jess Sergis said. “I’m just so proud and happy with the recognition we are getting… I can’t wait for what the next two or three years will bring.”