Cronulla Sharks star Ruan Sims named to lead Jillaroos at 2017 women's rugby league World Cup

The skipper: Jillaroos captain Ruan Sims (centre) delivers the World Cup trophy to the shire with Kezie Apps and Maddie Studdon. Picture: John Veage
The skipper: Jillaroos captain Ruan Sims (centre) delivers the World Cup trophy to the shire with Kezie Apps and Maddie Studdon. Picture: John Veage

Cronulla-Caringbah’s Ruan Sims has been named as one of Australia’s three co-captains for the women’s rugby league World Cup.

Jillaroos coach Brad Donald announced Cronulla Sharks veteran Sims, Steph Hancock and Renae Kunst would lead the team, starting with their opening round clash with the Cook Islands on Thursday.

Donald said the trio deserved their roles given their experience having played a combined 35 Tests for Australia, with the Jillaroos looking to retain the World Cup trophy won in 2013. 

“Ruan, Steph and Renae are part of our broader leadership team and have been stalwarts of our game for a long time,” he said.

“The World Cup campaign is like no other that we play and with 15 World Cup debutants this time around, the coaching staff made the collective decision to ensure that there was as much leadership amongst the team as possible.

“I expect that all three captains will be leading on their own on field at one point or another. And when they are out there together our team will gain even greater benefit.

“It’s a huge honour to lead your country and I know that our captains take this position on with humility and respect, along with a team-first attitude.

“That’s what we expect from our leaders and that’s what our entire team is based around.”

Tickets to the pool matches at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Woolooware start from $10 for each triple header. Entry is free to pool matches for children 15 years or under and concession holders.