When Women's Origin means much more

With a two-game Women's State of Origin series on the cards for 2023, winning Friday night's one-off edition will take on added importance.

If Friday night's Women's State of Origin rugby league clash feels particularly monumental, perhaps that's because it's impacting not one, but two series.

With 2023's series set to be two games, whoever wins Friday night's one-off Origin game will gain a huge advantage, as they'd retain the shield should next year's series be tied 1-1.

In effect, it means the GIO Stadium contest is not only this year's sole encounter, but next year's game one.

That is, of course, if the NRL doesn't extend the 2023 series to three games, something chief executive Andrew Abdo has already flagged could happen as soon as 2024.

Quizzed if her side had realised the double importance of Friday night's game, NSW coach Kylie Hilder had faith that faster expansion in 2023 would be on the cards.

"We haven't spoken about next year because hopefully the NRL just go to three games," she told reporters.

"We're not worried about next year, we're just going to worry about Friday night."

Unable to contain her enthusiasm, NSW captain Kezie Apps yelled "give us three" in the background as Hilder spoke

And Queensland captain Ali Brigginshaw added her voice to the call, explaining women's rugby league can go to another level when teams get second and third opportunities to face opponents.

"That's what I'd like to get to more in NRLW and in Origin, playing a team twice, picking them apart, having that second crack at them," she told reporters.

"I just want to play footy, you ask anyone that question, when you play the game you love you're going to want to play more games.

"We could get the chance to come back at a team, one in Queensland, one in NSW, you'd see a different type of game ... even go to Perth like the men do."

Maroons' coach Tahnee Norris said it was an obvious next step towards growing the women's code.

"We're concentrating hard on this one game that we've got at the moment, but we want to see it grow to the three games," she told reporters.

"We just want to see the girls playing footy, they want to play as much as they possibly can.

"This is the best of the best and I think we deserve a three-game Origin series."