Kirra Dibb to play for Australia in Rugby League World Cup 9s

Kincumber Colts Junior turned NSW Women’s State of Origin breakout star, Kirra Dibb, is making the most of her Australian representative debut and will take to the field in the inaugural Rugby League World Cup 9s this Friday.
The five-eight made her representative debut as part of the PM’s 13 squad that bested Fiji earlier this month and will line-up with her teammates for Australia’s maiden game of the 9’s, when Australia faces New Zealand at Bankwest Stadium.
Speaking to the NRL, Dibb said she was wrapped at the chance to don the green and gold a second time.
“It’s a really good feeling and the 9’s is definitely the next step after the PM’s 13, so I can’t wait,” Dibb said.
Dibb’s been in training camps with her teammates, including fellow Central Coast product, Isabelle Kelly, since the end of the PM’s 13 and said she was excited about the opportunity the 9’s represented.
“I came from a touch footy background so the 9’s will be really good for me.
“It’ll mix the agility from touch with league,” Dibb said.
Australia’s first match will likely shape up to be their most challenging with the New Zealand Ferns pegged as the ones to beat.
Despite being its own milestone the inaugural World Cup 9’s will also be the first time all participating men’s and women’s teams are paid the same for their appearance.
The move signals a growing shift towards pay parity across the international game and Dibb said she hoped to see as many bums on seats as possible come game day.
“It’s a world cup, it’s exciting footy, and we’re ready to put on a show,” Dibb said.

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Media releases and video interview, Oct 11-15
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