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Get to know: Shanice Parker

With the 2022 NRLW season starting this Sunday, we caught up with our squad members to get to know them a little better. 

We sat down with dual-code star Shanice Parker to discuss following in her Mum's footsteps and returning to the game this weekend. 

Born in Yangebup, Western Australia, Shanice is the daughter of Danielle Parker, who represented Australia at the Women's Rugby League Cup in 2000. 

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Parker began her career in League with the Willagee Bears before picking up rugby union at 15 years old.

In 2018, Shanice moved from Perth to Sydney to join the NSW Waratahs Super Rugby women's team who would later win the Grand Final in 2018 and 2019. In the same year, the 24-year-old returned to Rugby League joining the North Sydney Bears. 

In 2019, the 24-year-old made her NRLW debut with the Sydney Roosters in Round 3 against the St George Illawarra Dragons. Three years later, she represented the Māori All-Stars, scoring a try in their impressive win. 

Parker is also a Mother to young Jakari, who is Mum's biggest supporter.

There's no doubt, that she will be a force to be reckoned with this season. 

Name: Shanice Parker

Position/s: Winger

Junior Club: Willagee Perth

How did you find Rugby League?

My mum played, she was in the World Cup in 2000 for the Jillaroos. 

Your journey in the game? Where have you played before?

I moved here for Rugby Union and played with the Waratahs (2018), Wallaroos (2019), and Aussie 7s and then I transitioned to League. I then played for the Sydney Roosters (2019), NSW Blues (2020) and Māori All-Stars (2021).

Where is your hometown?

Yangebup, WA. 

What are you most looking forward to this season?

Getting to know and playing with some of the best players in the game. Also, making connections. 

What are your goals for the 2022 season?

To make the starting 18 in front of my son. 

Favourite canteen snack as a kid?

Smiley Potatoes. 

Favourite movie?

Coach Carter, Moana or Lion King. 

Greatest on-field moment?

Representing the Māori All Stars for my people and culture. 

Greatest off-field moment?

My son. 

Do you have any sporting heroes?

My Mum.