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.