Blues' captain Kezi Apps, from Bega, is ready to lead the team onto the field on the 21st of June, in which will only be the second women's State of Origin to be played. Image courtesy NRL.
Bega's Kezi Apps has been named captain of the NSW Blues. The team will take on Queensland in the State of Origin, under lights on Friday, the 21st of June, at North Sydney Oval.
Apps has been appointed captain not just for the game but for the coming year.
On the field alongside her during the State of Origin, will be another home-grown champ, Millie Boyle, who was born in Cobargo and began her career with the Bermagui Cobargo Eels. Boyle's just returned to the code after a successful career playing rugby union, including for the green-and-gold, and for Queensland, where she now lives and will be making her debut in State of Origin footy.
Boyle, however, comes from league royalty with dad David, and uncle Jason Croker, having played for the Canberra Raiders, and brother Morgan, who has just moved from the Gold Coast Titans, to the Manly Sea Eagles. He's on the record as having influenced his sister's move from union to league. Boyle's now plays for the Burleigh Bears on the Gold Coast, and has impressed Blues' selectors over recent weeks.
The NRL said Kezie Apps has been named as captain, "with last year's skipper Maddie Studdon set to focus solely on her role in the No.7 jersey after being retained," and will lead "a new-look NSW side with seven debutantes named as the Blues look to defend their Holden State of Origin crown."
The second official Holden State of Origin clash will be shown live on Channel Nine. NSW won the inaugural clash at North Sydney Oval last year 16-10 in front of nearly 7000 spectators.
NSW squad: Corban McGregor, Jessica Sergis, Tiana Penitani, Isabelle Kelly, Shakiah Tungai, Kirra Dibb, Maddie Studdon, Simaima Taufa, Kylie Hilder, Vanessa Foliaki, Shontelle Stowers, Kezie Apps, Hannah Southwell, Holli Wheeler, Millie Boyle, Botille Vette-Welsh, Takilele Katoa, Shaylee Bent.