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When you are starting a new team one thing you cant manufacture is experience, and in Tahnee Norris the Titans have recruited one of the best to help lead the first side to represent the Gold Coast in the NRLW.

Norris has captained her country, been to four World Cups, represented both New South Wales and Queensland, coached Queensland and won six out of seven QRL women's competitions with the the Burleigh Bears, so to say she has done it all is probably an understatement.

Norris' beginnings were in netball though, before a call from a friend changed her sporting career.

"I started playing (rugby league) with my brothers out in the backyard, but I was a netballer long before rugby league," Norris said.

"I got a call from a friend one day saying why don't you come and play rugby league and I said 'girls aren't able to play rugby league.'

"I loved it and gave up netball nearly straight away."

From the moment she started rugby league, Norris has been a star - making the Australian side in her first season and going on to be the most capped Jillaroo of all time with 32 caps.

Success has followed Norris into her coaching career also.

Earlier this year she was appointed as Head Coach of the Queensland Maroons side that were victorious over the Blues in June and she has been at the helm of the Burleigh Bears women's set up that have become habitual winners - including winning the BHP Premiership this year with victory over the Valleys Diehards in the Grand Final.

Along with another Titans player, Karina Brown, Norris has led the way in establishing and building the Burleigh side.

The pair played together before Norris took up the coaching clipboard.

"It was a great thing to build that Bears side and it has been ten years now, but I love it there and what we have done there," Norris said.

"It is like a 'proud Mum' moment now as I watch girls develop and come through (at Burleigh)."

Norris will now get to see a number of the girls she has coached at State Cup level come through the NRLW program and play for the Titans in season 2021 as assistant to Head Coach, Jamie Feeney.

"Feens (Feeney) and I have done a lot of work in targeting the right people (culturally)," Norris said.

"You have just got to get the right people behind it to be successful.

"Feens and I are both defensive coaches so we will have a big impact on the defensive side of the game and then give them an opportunity to play 'eyes up' footy.

"I am really looking forward to it (the NRLW season) and we are lucky to have such a good group and we have a good mix of experience and youth. 

"We have Brittany Brealey-Nati that has been the best hooker in Australia for a long time, but then we also have Destiny Brill who replaced her in Origin, who is 18 and won players' player at Origin level.

"I think we have the player base to give it a really good nudge."

Speaking in Women in League Round, Norris reflected on the way this round has evolved and the growth that the women's game has had, potentially making the round redundant in the future.

"Do we need to have it now (a specific round), because it is such a big part of the game," Norris.

"It is actually really positive that we have gotten it to a point that we aren't a second thought and the promotion and support from the NRL has got it to a point that we are 50-50 now.

"Obviously we still want to grow the game but it is a nearly at a point now where there are so many things that have happened that we are getting to a point where it is equal."