The NRL is set to roll out an inaugural women's competition in 2018 along with a stand alone Origin fixture.
The newly-announced women's premiership will be played at the back end of the season - throughout the lead-up to and during the NRL finals, with games set to be played as double-headers.
State league competitions will continue to run during the winter as normal.
Their matches will be played as double headers during the NRL finals with the title decider to be played as a curtain raiser to the NRL grand final.
In another giant step forward, it's also been confirmed the grand final of the women's competition will be played on NRL grand final day, which is one of the biggest day's on Australia's sporting calendar.
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NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said a new program for women would also include a stand-alone State of Origin match - formerly known as the Interstate Challenge - between NSW and Queensland, played during the NRL's representative weekend in mid-June.
Additionally the national team, the Jillaroos, who won the women's World Cup last weekend, will play global matches in the Pacific and New Zealand in an enhanced program.
No NRL franchices are now taking part, but chief executive Todd Greenberg has invited all clubs to get involved.
The competition has been in the pipeline for some time, but Greenberg has previously talked about building enough talent to not rush the competition into existence.
"We are taking the women's game to a new level", Greenberg said.
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