From rugby union to rugby league, Amelia Kuk is no pushover.
Women’s rugby league is on the verge of a new era, with the move into a semi-professional environment, thanks to the introduction of an NRL-run competition from 2018, which follows on from the success of recent women’s Tests at the NRL Auckland Nines and 2017 Women’s Rugby League World Cup.
Taking a look at the top 10 female league players in the world right now, PNG Orchids five-eighth Kuk made number 10 for her outstanding performance during the WRLWC 2017.
As a former PNG rugby sevens representative, the Western Highlands lass was named on a rugby league website as a top ten player for her brilliant athlete oozing pace and evasive running.
Rugby League Opinions stated that Kuk is the type of player who turns half chances into four-pointers and constantly puts opposing defensive lines under pressure.
A multi-talented player who has already represented both the Jillaroos and PNG Orchids, there are few who go close to footing it with Kuk when she hits the gas, a point she displayed on a number of occasions at the 2017 World Cup, while her footwork at the line makes her tough to take down.
Still a relative newcomer to the 13-aside game, the Queensland representative’s best footy is likely still in front of her.
The top 10 female players
1 – Ali Brigginshaw (AUSTRALIA)
2 – Teuila Fotu-Moala (NEW ZEALAND)
3 – Simaima Taufa (AUSTRALIA)
4 – Kezie Apps (AUSTRALIA)
5 – Caitlin Moran (AUSTRALIA)
6 – Georgia Hale (NEW ZEALAND)
7 – Honey Hireme (NEW ZEALAND)
8 – Krystal Rota (NEW ZEALAND)
9 – Amy Hardcastle (ENGLAND)
10 – Amelia Kuk (PAPUA NEW GUINEA)