'Our girls deserve World Cup win'
A WILLINGNESS to go above and beyond in every facet of their training and preparation is the reason Ali Brigginshaw and Brittany Breayley deserve a Women's Rugby League World Cup medal.
That is the view of their Ipswich Brothers co-coach Rebecca Jones.
"They've both been exceptional, they're playing great football and are regularly mentioned in the best players,” Jones said of the Jillaroos number six and nine.
"Britto hasn't played as much time as Ali, but when they're both on the field they do an exceptional job.
"It all comes back to the hard work and one-percenters they do for themselves.
"They always go above and beyond what is asked of them. For the sheer effort they have put in, they deserve to own a world cup medal.”
Brigginshaw's budding halves pairing with Caitlin Moran has been one of the talking points of the world cup so far, with the 2013 world cup winner in a rich vein of form.
Breayley has shared the hooker role through the first five matches of the tournament, with coach Brad Donald wanting to keep the 24-player squad as fresh as possible.
But when in the middle of the park, she has dictated terms as well as anyone in the tournament.
Both are expected to be named to start for the Aussies in the final against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, and Jones has the Jillaroos as comfortable favourites.
"I think they definitely are favourites to be honest,” Jones said.
"(The Jillaroos) have such good depth, and they've played with such consistency.
"Anything can happen in finals football, but I think it's fair to say Australia should be favourites.”
Even before the Jillaroos went into camp prior to the tournament, Brigginshaw and Breayley were training with the Brothers men's sides to give themselves an added advantage.
Jones has no doubt should the going get tough on Saturday, both Brigginshaw and Breayley have the attributes to help push the Aussies over the line.
"They were turning up to Brothers training looking for that extra bit of fitness, and I think that's helped get them to where they are,” Jones said.
"That's just the character of both of the players, they're so level-headed and have numerous tests under their belt now.
"They have such experience now because they've been there before.
"At the end of the day, everyone associated with Brothers is proud of their efforts and what they've achieved.
"We have a lot of girls coming through who look up to them. They're just genuine team players.”