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Get to know our women's U19s Origin reps

Ahead of Thursday night's women's Under 19s State of Origin at Leichhardt Oval, we take a closer look at our four representatives.

Lily Peacock

Crowned the Player of the Match in the Mackay Cutters BMD Premiership last month, 18-year-old Prosperine Brahmans junior has shown why she is one of the most promising young forwards in rugby league. Currently a member of the top 24 squad, Peacock made her NRLW debut with the Cowboys in Round 7, 2023, finishing the season in the starting side. 

Ebony Raftstrand-Smith

Raftstrand-Smith is a strong and speedy outside back who was named at centre in the 2023 Australian Schoolgirls team. Born in New Zealand, Raftstrand-Smith signed with the Cowboys on a development contract last year but will join her sister Tiana on a Top 24 contract in 2024. The 18-year-old was a mainstay in the Cutters Premiership winning side this year and was crowned the team’s Rookie of the Year.

Caitlin Tanner

A development contracted player, Tanner joins the Cowboys after a strong debut BMD season for the Wynumm Manly Seagulls where she played both in the halves and at hooker. A renowned defender with a strong kicking game, the Bundaberg junior will wear the #6 jersey for the Maroons on Thursday night.

Paityne Johns

The Player of the Match in the Mackay Cutters 2024 Under 19s Premiership, Johns is a very talented up-and-coming No.9. The Mackay Magpies rugby league junior also has a background in Oztag, having represented Queensland on three occasions. Johns has been named as Queensland’s 18th player for Thursday night.

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.