Chance to state cup claims

Chance to state cup claims SHOT: North Newcastle trio Bec Young, Caitlin Moran and Isabelle Kelly in NSW Blues camp this week ahead of Sunday’s Interstate Challenge, which doubles as a final World Cup trial for the Jillaroos squad. Picture: NRL Photos
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TweetFacebook North Newcastle trio Bec Young, Caitlin Moran, Isabelle KellyPictures: NRL Photos – Grant Trouville State supremacy is one thing but Caitlin Moran knows there is much more on the line.

Not only will NSW’s female playersbe paid for the first time when they tackle Queensland in Wollongong on Sunday but the Wallsend-based 20-year-old has a World Cup dream to achieve.

The Blues’ battle to retain the Nellie Doherty Cup doubles as the final Jillaroos selection trial for Moran and her North Newcastle teammates Bec Young and Isabelle Kelly ahead of this year’s international tournament in Australia.

“Being a World Cup year it’s massive,” Moran said.

“NSW versus Queensland is always the hardest game you play, but everyone knows what’s on the line so everyone will be going out there to give it their all.

“It’s the last chance to showcase and prove why you should be picked.”

Moran first joined the Jillaroos in Newcastle last year and along with Kelly attended the Auckland Nines in February. Young played in Australia’s breakthrough title campaign at the last World Cup in England in 2013.

All three combined forces in a 16-4 Test win over New Zealand in Canberra in May. Prior to that they lined up in the 2017 All Stars fixture at McDonald Jones Stadium and featured in last year’s Origin victory.

The main difference for Moran this time around will be the five-eighth position, having previously played fullback and centre during her representative career.

“I’m stoked with the opportunity to wear the No.6for NSW,” Moran said.

“It’s a bit of a change around, but it suits my style of game and I feelmore comfortable, more at home there.”

Kelly has been named in the centres andfront-rower Youngis on the bench.

The match kicks off at 11.45am.

It will be played at WIN Stadium before the NRL fixture between the Dragons and Sea Eagles.

The NSW squad, which has been in camp in Kiama since Wednesday, is again coached by South Newcastle first grade mentor Ben Cross.

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