MACLEAN's Mishika Randall is a fine example of why rugby league isn't just a men's game.

The 29-year-old works as teacher's aide during the week with St James Primary School.

But when she isn't helping indigenous students succeed in school, she helps opposition players find the quickest way to the turf.

Randall, who packs into the front row, was selected in the NSW Aboriginal Women's rugby league team to play Queensland in November.

"I'm looking forward to it," Randall said.

"I've been playing since I was 16 and managed to make the Australian Indigenous team in 2001."

The team were selected from the recent Koori Knockout in Raymond Terrace.

They will go into camp at Burleigh Heads on Friday, November 9, before playing the Queensland team on the Saturday.

The match will double as a selection trial for the national indigenous team, which will be named after full-time. Randall was confident of making the team, which she hasn't been able to crack since 2001.

"Since then I haven't been made it to the national team but hopefully I can get in this time," Randall said.

"I think I have a pretty good chance but it's just a matter of getting the game time and performing on the day."

Women's rugby league is difficult to get into in regional areas because opportunities for games are limited.

To counter the lack of games, Randall said she spent most of the year focusing on gym work.

"I focused on gym work during the year and I'm ready to go," Randall said.



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