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Brothers in arms help Sims shine

Women's Rugby League at North Ipswich Reserve.  Ipswich Brothers vs Easts. Brothers team at the end of their game.
Women's Rugby League at North Ipswich Reserve. Ipswich Brothers vs Easts. Brothers team at the end of their game. Franca Tigani

HER brothers are household names in the NRL, and her sister captain of the NSW State of Origin side.

But CJ Sims most relishes the opportunity to learn from her more experienced Brothers Ipswich teammates.

Queensland and Jillaroos regulars Ali Brigginshaw, Brittany Breayley and Kody House are helping Sims follow in the footsteps of her famous siblings.

"They're really good teammates and teachers. I'm lucky to have them be my mentors,” Sims said. "They're students of the game.

"Ali is constantly telling me where to go, what to do, how to run and helps me improve my game.

"Britto is our captain and she leads by example. She's the first one in the tackle doing all the hard yards. I love learning off her work ethic.

"Kody can play any position on the field. It's hard sometimes to keep going, but then you're next to Kody and you see how much energy she has in the 75th minute. That's really inspirational for me.”

Sims was rewarded for her hard work over the past 12 months with a guaranteed professional contract with the NRL, as one of the "top 40” listed players named earlier this year.

With her family closely aligned to both the Broncos and Dragons, either team would appear suited to offer Sims a chance.

"I have a lot of love and respect for both the Broncos and Dragons,” Sims said. "But to sign with any team would be my first hurdle. I don't have a preference, just being able to sign and be part of an organisation and be part of that culture would be amazing.”

Sims said there was never any pressure on her to follow the path her brothers and sister blazed before her.

"For them to see me move into rugby league, they're really supportive and proud,” she said.

"Knowing what they've accomplished in their careers, to see the same potential in me keeps my fire burning to keep making them proud as well.”

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