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Putting the X-factor in NRLW

Remember these names - Jetaya Faifua and April Ngatupuna.

They are two exciting young prospects that have joined the Titans inaugural NRLW campaign.

Faifua is capable of playing anywhere in the outside backs, while Ngatupuna is a powerful forward.

After growing up playing rugby sevens, Faifua says it was time for a new challenge in a new sport.

“I fell out of love with sevens so I just wanted to try something else,” the Helensvale State High School graduate said.

“I saw how well league was taking off for women so I thought I’d give it a crack.

"I had some plans and goals but I had no idea this opportunity (with the Titans) would come up.

“I’m super proud to be part of the inaugural team. Making history with so many other girls is awesome.”

Fellow 18-year-old Ngatupuna is from Porirua on the North Island of New Zealand.

She also grew up around union but decided to head to the Gold Coast to chase her NRLW dream with the Titans.

“I wanted to have a change and see if I could play league so I came over to Australia,” she said.

“I’m stoked to be here. It’s a whole new environment and level for me. I’m really enjoying it.

“I’m really grateful and overwhelmed by everything. It’s next level."

Griffith University NRLW Announcement 2021

The NRLW side will train out of the facilities at Griffith University.

The prospect of preparing out of the same facilities as some of Australia's gold medal winning Olympians excites Ngatupuna.

“To have the opportunity to have access to the facilities at Griffith is something really special to me after coming from a place where we barely had anything.”