She missed out on the opportunity to represent Malta in 2020 but this summer, Heidi Regan will finally don the red and white.
The Cargo Heelers and Orange Vipers livewire is set to play fullback in the upcoming Sydney Nines tournament at Cabramatta, and hopes to do her late great grandmother proud.
Her great grandparents are the reason Regan's eligible to play for the country and that's one of the main motivators for the 21-year-old.
"I'm excited to do it for my great nanny... she would have been proud," Regan said.
The back-to-back premiership-winning Viper will play fullback throughout the tournament and had her first taste of team training when she visited Belmore for a session on February 7.
"It was really good," she said.
"I didn't really know who anyone was the first time I went up there."
Last year's link to the Maltese rugby league team came somewhat out of nowhere as Regan was approached by women's Western coach Jess Skinner.
"She just posted in the Rams group on Facebook and asked if any of us are Maltese," she said.
"I ended up talking to to the team and that was it."
Not only will Regan play international rugby league in the coming months, she's been picked to play in Jess Skinner's Western women's side in the looming Country Championships.
A star-studded squad was officially selected on Wednesday.
Prominent names on the list Sarah Archer, Lilly Baker, Alicia Earsman, Molly Hoswell, Josiah Lautaimi, Jacky Lyden, Bridie McClure, Claudia McLaren, Heidi Regan, Tabua Tuinakauvadra.
Baker, who was absolutely devastating in the Vipers Under 18s Western Women's Rugby League grand final win over Woodbridge, will be one to keep an eye on.
It's no surprise that Regan's being selected for top-tier women's sides left right and centre as she's fresh off another devastating campaign with both Cargo and Vipers, earning woman of the match honours in the WWRL premiership win.
Skinner's side will engage in its first training session on Thursday night at Orange before officially kicking off the campaign on Sunday February 28 with a meeting at Canberra against Monaro. Round two is at Tamworth against Greater Northern on March 6.
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