An injury will prevent Mid North Coast superstar Nakia Davis-Welsh from stepping onto the field for the Sydney Roosters in the first ever Women’s NRL match against the New Zealand Warriors this Saturday.
The cruel blow to Davis-Welsh was confirmed when she missed selection into the 21-woman squad on Tuesday afternoon, as Botille Vette-Welsh was named as her replacement.
Davis-Welsh is an Australian and New South Wales representative and if healthy, would be one of the first picked into the starting side.
Davis-Welsh signed with the Roosters earlier this year, after it was announced four NRL teams would contest for the first women's NRL premiership.
The 22-year-old representative player was signed as a marquee player.
Injuries have restricted Davis-Welsh’s playing time over the past 12-months.
The fullback injured her ankle in Australia’s World Cup victory over New Zealand in December last year.
Davis-Welsh returned to full strength but has suffered from niggling ankle injuries since.
It’s unknown if her current injury is related with her ankle issues.