World Cup 2022: Sam Bremner’s incredible sacrifice for the Jillaroos

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Sam Bremner is no stranger to World Cups, but this one will hit a bit closer to home for the proud mother of two who gets emotional just thinking about what she’ll miss while she’s in England.

The upcoming tournament will be her third World Cup with the Jillaroos, but this will be the toughest having to leave behind Reef, 3, and daughter Lakey, who will turn one while she’s overseas.

It’s why the World Cup is such a bittersweet moment for the veteran fullback who returned to the NRLW this year and narrowly missed out on the Dally M Medal after she helped the Roosters go through the regular season undefeated.

“It’s going to be great, but it’s going to be challenging because it’s a long time to be away from home,” Bremner said.

“I’m sure throughout different stages we’re going to feel homesick and it’s going to be challenging.

“As soon as I found out, I was super excited.

“But then a big rush of mum guilt (hit me) and a big rush of that anticipation knowing that I’m going to be away from my kids for five weeks.

“I know I can cope with missing someone, but I just hope that they’re OK. They are in very good hands with my family staying home, so as long as they’re OK, I’m OK.

“I probably need to keep reassuring myself that this is where I want to be and this is why I returned to rugby league.

“One of the few reasons I did return to rugby league was that when my kids are old enough and they don’t believe in themselves or they think something’s impossible, then I can tell them this story.”

Bremner knows how tough it’s going to be for her family while she’s gone, and it’s why she and her husband have spent the past few weeks making plans to ensure everyone is looked after.

Making life tougher is her partner being a coalminer who works 12-hour shifts, but Bremner says she’s never heard him complain once and he’s one of her biggest supporters on and off the field.

“My husband is going to move in with my mum because he works 12-hour shifts,” she said.

“My dog, my kids and my husband are going to my mum’s from Sunday to Wednesday.

“On Wednesdays, my father-in-law and stepmother-in-law will pick up the kids and spend a day with them to give my mum a break, not that she asked for one.

“From Thursday to Sunday, my husband will take care of the kids.

“It’s really important to me that representing my country doesn’t mean that everyone else’s life gets put on hold.

“It’s truly impossible without many, many hands helping you.”

Leaving the family for more than a month will be difficult, and Bremner is bracing for an emotional few days ahead of the team’s first match against the Cook Islands.

“Our first game will be November 2, and our captain’s run on November 1 will be (my daughter’s) first birthday,” she revealed.

“My sister is throwing her a first birthday while I’m gone.

“I was speaking to the girls about it and they said they could throw a birthday party, but I said I didn’t want that.

“I’ll probably wear a party hat over there and that’s it. I don’t want to make a big thing of it because it’d probably hurt my heart too much.”

It wouldn’t be the first time she’s cried recently, revealing she was in tears when Jillaroos coach Brad Donald told her she’d be one of three co-captains for the tournament.

Donald said it was an easy choice because other players look up to her, but for Bremner, leading her country is just a bonus after ticking off her No.1 goal this year.

“I just wanted to play footy,” she said.

“From being a little girl and heavily involved in sport my whole life, my mum and dad always congratulated me on who I was as a person and as a character.

“I remember them specifically after state athletics saying, ‘Well done, but I really enjoyed how you shook each other’s hands’.

“They always had an emphasis on sportsmanship and character, so for me, getting this accolade means a lot because it highlights character and not something superficial like skill.

“I didn’t implement any strategies to get here. It was simply being who I am and loving what I do.”

Originally published as ‘Hurt my heart too much’: Sam Bremner’s family sacrifice ahead of third World Cup


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