Split down the aisle: The Blues star turned celebrant who oversaw Origin rival’s wedding

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Between her rugby league career, commentary commitments with Nine and full-time out-of-season roles in the disability sector, you would think NSW prop Millie Boyle has little spare time.

But during the COVID-19 pandemic, Boyle added another string to her bow, becoming a marriage celebrant – and overseeing the marriage of best friend and Origin rival Ali Brigginshaw.

“I went to a friend’s wedding, and I was like, you know what? That seems fun, to do it for your friends and family … I think it’s a lovely gift to give someone, and you can make their day special,” Boyle told this masthead from Origin camp on Friday.

“When someone goes to a wedding, they just want to hear about the two people who are up there. So, I love telling their story and making it really personable and making it nice for them.”

Boyle, 25, did the honours at the wedding of NSW teammate Yasmin Clydsdale in April last year, and is due to conduct the ceremony for a Knights teammate of her fiance Adam Elliott.

Despite her close relationship with Brigginshaw, there is no room for niceties in the Origin arena. When Boyle steps out in game one on Thursday night, she says their friendship will be on hold for 80 minutes.

Best mates and Origin rivals Millie Boyle and Ali Brigginshaw. Credit: NRL Photos

“My rugby league journey started when I was up at the Broncos [with Brigginshaw] … It was a great challenge to come and play against a lot of those girls. I think that’s what develops you as a player, playing with and against the best players in the game,” Boyle said.

“As soon as the game is over, everyone is friends again, but you just really want to win and you don’t care who’s on the other side.”

Boyle will star in her fifth Origin series when the Sky Blues take on Brigginshaw’s Maroons at CommBank Stadium on Thursday in the sixth official women’s Origin clash.

“It’s very, very special. Apart from playing for Australia, it’s the pinnacle of rugby league,” Boyle said.

“It’s the hardest game you’ll ever play because we are so big domestically. The game within Australia is so big, so you know you’re always going to have a tough game. I don’t think in the past five or six years it’s ever been an easy game.”

When the series wraps up with game two in Townsville on June 22, Boyle will turn her focus to the Roosters, the club she signed with for this season after captaining the Knights to a premiership last year.

“With where we are at, at the moment, we’re not full-time. So, it’s not like we are living and breathing 7am-3pm training every day. We’re still very much part-time as an NRLW player,” Boyle said.

“For me, I’m down in Sydney a lot with other commitments, and we train three days a week. So, it’s not like I’m moving my life. I’m taking the opportunities that I’ve got around me, and being in Sydney is going to progress my career outside of footy. I’m thinking long-term as well.”

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