RACHAEL Miller will join her high school sweetheart Jarrod Mullen and a handful of Newcastle WAGs (wives and girlfriends) on the red carpet at the Dally M Awards on Tuesday.
A primary school teacher, Miller, 26, has been with Mullen more than a decade but this will be her first time on the red carpet at the NRL’s player-of-the-year medal night.
‘‘The Dally Ms are more exciting than nerve-wracking. It’s really exciting to go,’’ she said.
However Miller admits she has been extremely nervous throughout the finals series.
‘‘After the Melbourne game, I looked around at the families of the players and everyone was in tears. They were just so happy,’’ she said.
Miller and Mullen began dating in year 11 while attending St Francis Xavier’s College at Hamilton.
Newcastle designer Melanie Ford has been madly putting the finishing touches to Miller’s red evening gown at her studio in Hunter Street while Craig Hilton will supply her jewellery.
More than 40 hours of work have gone into the fishtail style dress.
Ford will also dress Kris Buderus (wife of Danny) and Hunter-raised Becky Rochow who will attend with her partner Greg Bird.
Fellow Newcastle designer Linda Trigg will dress Eshia McManus, wife of Knights player James.
The Dally M medal may be the game’s most coveted prize for NRL players but the competition on the red carpet is fierce.
‘‘As a designer, the ultimate position you want to be in is to have your dresses photographed on the red carpet alongside names such as J’Aton and Steven Khalil,’’ Ford said.
Ford said she works with all the WAGs to come up with a design they are happy with.
Held at The Star event centre Sydney, the Dally M Medal will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 from 8.30pm.