Manawatu Standard

Warriors keeping it in the family

- Marvin France

The Bulldogs may be known as the ‘Family Club’ in the NRL, but the Warriors are giving them a run for theirmoney.

Having had the first mother and son to feature in the women’s and men’s competitio­ns in 2018, the Kiwi outfit could have a husband-wife combinatio­n playing across the NRL and NRLW by the end of the season.

While Ben Murdoch-masila made a high-profile switch from English club Warrington to the Warriors this season, his wife, Roxy Murdoch, has continued her impressive rugby league career with the Central Coast Roosters in the NSW Women’s Premiershi­p.

Murdoch captained the Warrington women’s side in 2019, showing her dedication to the team when she attended a jersey presentati­on on her wedding night.

A back-rower like her husband, last year Murdoch was selected in the England Women Performanc­e Squad before representi­ng the Ma¯ori All Stars in their win over the Indigenous All Stars in February.

Murdoch-masila confirmed his wife is eager to test herself in the NRLW when the competitio­n starts later this year. ‘‘She is looking at that, whether it’s with the Warriors or with the current team she’s in. She’s all ready,’’ the Tongan internatio­nal said.

Murdoch-masila said they avoided critiquing each other’s performanc­es at home, joking that it could turn into ‘‘a bad living space if we did’’.

But he, the couple’s young daughter and the rest of the family love watching Murdoch in action.

‘‘She’s loving it. It’s good for her to get out and take her frustratio­n out on someone else rather than me,’’ Murdoch-masila said.

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