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Knights touch highlights women in sport

Knights touch sides gear up for debut

Knights touch player Laura Coleman understands the significance of playing for the red and blue in the inaugural NRL Touch Premiership this season. 

She also knows playing as a curtain raiser to an NRL match will be a huge moment for women's sport. 

"It's definitely going to be a great atmosphere compared to other touch football tournaments, and it'll be great for especially women in sport and having girls play before the NRL match," said Coleman. 

Both the men's and women's squads will debut ahead of the Knights encounter with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at McDonald Jones Stadium for Round 16 on Saturday.

The historic competition sees six touch sides playing under the banner of NRL clubs and will last for seven rounds, with each touch team playing two games, as well as a finals series. 

"(The competition) Especially great for touch football because it's a developing sport, and coming under the NRL, it's going to be a good thing for our sport," Coleman added. 

Highlighted as a pathway to rugby league, touch is known for its fast-paced environment and skills that can be used in most other sports.  

"Touch provides you with some great hand eye coordination and also provides great agility," Coleman said.  

"Besides speed, I think you have to have a good touch brain and if you look at the opposition's body position, you can see which way they're going to pull in defence and how you're going to take them in attack."  

Coleman, who plays link, is excited to see what they can do for their first game against the Parramatta Eels on Saturday, June 30.  

She's adamant they've got the best recipe for success.  

"We have got a lot of young girls in our side which will provide some speed and we've got a lot of older girls who will provide some experience, who will get us over the line," she said.  

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