It’s crazy just how much things can change in 12 months.

If someone had told me, this time last year, that I would be relocating from my small town in Bega, New South Wales to pursue a new life on the sunny Gold Coast, while on route to a World Cup selection for the Australian Wallaroos – I would have told you, you were dreaming!

But here we are – and I couldn’t be more happier with how balanced my life is right now.

I’ve moved up to Queensland on my own to pursue my rugby aspirations, and have formed strong friendships since joining Bond University’s Rugby program.

Of course, having my brother Morgan here (who plays for the Gold Coast Titans in the NRL) has made the transition all the more easier as well.

Especially since I’m still learning the ropes to my “new sport”.

I’ve only been playing rugby for two years, having been introduced to the game by my high school PE teacher.

It was rugby league that was always in my blood – my father David played 117 NRL games for the Canberra Raiders; the same club my uncle Jason Croker found fame as a Australian Kangaroo & New South Wales state of origin player.

And of course, Morgs is himself finding his feet with the Titans.

Off the field, my amazing Mum “Shelley” has been one of my strongest supporters, who has been there for me every step of the way.

All these people have have had a profound impact one me as a person and Rugby player.

Of course, with a family of rugby league heads, the first ball I had in my hands was a Steeden.  

I’d played rugby league since under 6s, and continued to do so until I was too old to play with the boys.

I didn’t envisage a future as a Wallaroo when I was younger, but I couldn’t be more pleased to find myself in the position I am in, as it has opened so many doors and pathways for me.

Millie Boyle in action for Bond University Rugby.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 09: Millie Boyle of Bond Uni in action during the match between Bond University and Macquarie University and at the Womens Sevens University Competition held at Macquarie Uni on September 9, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Female rugby is only on the incline, and a lot of that has to do with other sports such as the AFL & the Matildas also continuing to expand and grow at a rapid rate.

It’s important that we too can maintain the pace, and really capitalise from the gold medal success of the 2016 Rio Olympic national sevens team.

In fact, just training with those girls has been an experience in of itself.

7’s co-captains Shannon Parry & Sharni Williams have each been incredibly supportive towards me, because they know the game so well and have really taught me that there are so many aspects required in attack and defence.

It is so much more than just a physical game, and I know that for me to take that next step, I can’t solely rely on natural ability and instinct.

Which is why I want to use this summer to really build my game with Bond University in a bid to strengthen my future Wallaroo prospects.

I’m looking forward to next 12 months.