Millie Boyle the 'woman on a mission' on cross-code journey

Cross code star: Millie Boyle shares a hug with her proud Mum Shelley Boyle following the Blues' 14-4 win over Queensland in front nearly 11,000 people on Friday. Picture: Facebook.

Cross code star: Millie Boyle shares a hug with her proud Mum Shelley Boyle following the Blues' 14-4 win over Queensland in front nearly 11,000 people on Friday. Picture: Facebook.

The same day she starred on debut in State of Origin, Cobargo's Millie Boyle was again named to represent Australia in Rugby Union.

The cross code star played about 40 minutes of the Friday night thriller against Queensland where the Valley forward drew masses of praise from commentators and her coach.

Described by Gus Gould as a "woman on a mission" there was little that Boyle wasn't involved in, after making a start with the run on side and taking the first hit up in NSW's 14-4 win.

Serving under Bega star Kezie Apps as captain of the squad, both Valley girls shone in NSW's stellar defensive efforts that kept the Maroons off the try line for the duration of the second half.

Boyle is now one of a select few players in something of a cross-code conundrum with the Cobargo star to set her sights on Rugby Tests against New Zealand and Japan in July as part of the Wallaroos national squad.

Boyle is understood to be in negotiations for a potential jumper in the NRL Women's draw, and Boyle said she'd love a shot, but will commit to her national duties.

"It's an awesome opportunity to showcase rugby league for women. The competition last year looked awesome," Boyle said.

"But the number one priority after this Origin game will be rugby with our Test matches. It's pretty close, our last Test is at the end of August and then the NRL Women's starts in September, so we'll have to see how we're travelling then.

"I'm going to try to keep playing both [codes]. They don't clash too much which is a good thing. I'm still focusing on our Test matches for rugby."

She will have the support of the national Rugby body with Rugby Australia announcing last week they were happy for players to be involved in both codes.

An NRLW contract would be likely to restrict Boyle's movements in Rugby, but Rugby Australia's head of women's rugby Jilly Collins said cross-code stars would be given freedom.

"Certainly I hold a view that at the moment and it extends beyond the two rugby codes, more girls playing any format of sport where they're picking up a ball and running with it is actually great for us because it just brings up skill and ability of all those players," she said.

"I just need to focus on making rugby as attractive as possible for those players. There'll be some that may play both, there'll be some that choose one and choose the other.

"I can only control what we do and ultimately the players will decide what they want to do."

Boyle thanked her family, who she said had been "supportive throughout my whole footy journey".