A former Niuean international women's rugby league player says she is proud to see Pacific nations leading the way in the sport's development.
Caroline Matamua's comments come as Samoa, Tonga and Niue prepare to play in the year's first test matches in Auckland next month.
The Pacific clash is special for Matamua, who played for Niue against Tonga in the 2003 Rugby League World Cup, the international debut for both sides.
Matamua said the women's game had come a long way since her playing days.
"To see our Pacific women in this male dominated sport and space, to have this time and be up there is awesome."
Matamua, who has Tongan heritage, has also previously coached Tonga's women's team.