Kuk among ‘top 10 female rugby league players’

PNG Orchids player, Amelia Kuk, has been named as one of the World’s Top 10 Female Rugby League Players.

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)

Sophie Yaruso