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Ruan Sims becomes first woman to sign NRL player contract

Ruan Sims of the Jillaroos (left) palms off a tackle by Maitua Feterika of the Kiwi Ferns during the Trans-Tasman Test match between the Australian Jillaroos and the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Friday, May 6, 2016.
Ruan Sims of the Jillaroos (left) palms off a tackle by Maitua Feterika of the Kiwi Ferns during the Trans-Tasman Test match between the Australian Jillaroos and the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Friday, May 6, 2016.

RUAN Sims has become the first woman in Australia to sign a player's contract in the NRL.

Sims will play for premiership winners Cronulla Sharks in a history-making deal announced on Sunday.

The one-year deal makes her an official player for the club, rather than an ambassador.

"Well obviously this means not just being an ambassador for the club, which I love doing but it actually means I'm being remunerated for my playing capabilities and what we do on the friend as well as off the field," she said in a statement.

"It's so exciting to be in a position where we'll be considered semi-professional and to be paid to play the game we love."

Sims captained the Jillaroos and the NSW Blues in the 2016 season.

She told the Daily Telegraph she didn't think women would sign contracts with the NRL in her lifetime.

She will play for the Women Sharks 9s team, with competition details still to be announced.

The Sharks said the deal capped off a mammoth year for Women's Rugby League. 

The first ever women's match was played between the Sharks and St George-Illawarra Dragons in August  as a curtain raiser to the men's NRL match.  Sims captained the Sharks 9s side for the match. 

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