Caitlin Moran is key to the Jillaroos' chances in Saturday's World Cup final against New Zealand.
Caitlin Moran is key to the Jillaroos' chances in Saturday's World Cup final against New Zealand. Liam Kidston

Moran learnt game the hard way

JILLAROOS rising star Caitlin Moran remembers exactly how she found her "mongrel”.

Nearly everything she learnt about rugby league when she was a kid came from her older brother Cameron - including how to tackle any opponent.

"Literally everything he did, I wanted to do,” Australia's first-choice halfback (pictured) said.

"I annoyed the crap out of him just so he would take me along to his footy games. I was a little rough nut with him. We'd be in the lounge room tackling each other onto the mattress.

"But if I wanted to play with him and do those things then I wasn't allowed to cry, I wasn't allowed to complain if I got hurt. I think that's built the mongrel that I play with now.”

Moran, a proud indigenous woman of the Kamilaroi tribe, also credits her brother with helping her kicking game - she spent many days punting footballs back to him while he took shots at goal.

The 21-year-old's kicking game has been praised throughout the tournament and will be key when the Jillaroos take on the Kiwi Ferns in the World Cup final tomorrow.



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