NRL Women's Premiership

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Telstra Women's Premiership (NRLW)
Current season or competition:
Rugby football current event.svg 2022 NRL Women's season
Telstra NRL Women's Premiership.png
Sport Rugby league
Instituted6 December 2017
Inaugural season 2018
CEOAndrew Abdo
Number of teams 6 (10 from 2023)
CountryFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (6 teams)
Premiers Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights (1st title) (2022)
Most titles Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos (3 titles)
Website nrl.com
Broadcast partnerAustralia
Broadcast
Nine Network
Fox League
Streaming
9Now
Kayo Sports
Overseas
Broadcast
International broadcasters
Streaming
Watch NRL
Related competition National Rugby League
NSWRL Women's Premiership
QRL Women's Premiership
Tarsha Gale Cup

The Telstra NRL Women's Premiership (NRLW) is Australia's national rugby league competition for female players. The first season of the league began in September 2018 with four teams. The league is run by the National Rugby League (NRL) and is contested by a subset of clubs from that competition. The current premiers are the Newcastle Knights.

Contents

History

In 2016, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and St. George Illawarra Dragons contested a Women's Nine's match, which served as a curtain-raiser to the NRL match between the Sharks and Sydney Roosters, at Southern Cross Group Stadium. The Sharks won the match 16–12. [1] [2]

In March 2017, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks played another Women's Nine's match, this time defeating the Canberra Raiders by 28–10. [3]

2017 – 2020: Establishment

On 6 December 2017, shortly after the conclusion of the 2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup, which concluded with the Jillaroos defeating the New Zealand Ferns by 23–16 in the final, [4] it was announced by the National Rugby League that the inaugural NRL Women's season would operate in a round-robin format, and be held in August 2018, towards the back end of the men's season, with some matches to be played as curtain-raisers to NRL finals matches. The Grand Final, which will be contested between the top two teams at the end of the round robin stage, will be played on the same day as the men's Grand Final. It was also announced that a stand-alone State of Origin match would also be contested in the representative weekend, in June. [5]

The Newcastle Knights, St. George Illawarra Dragons, [6] [7] [8] Brisbane Broncos, New Zealand Warriors, [9] Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks [10] all declared their interest in applying for a licence to participate in the inaugural NRL Women's competition. [11] Other clubs, such as the Melbourne Storm, [12] Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Gold Coast Titans, North Queensland Cowboys, Canberra Raiders, Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, all decided to delay bidding until at least the next season, citing money and time constraints. [13]

On 27 March 2018, the National Rugby League announced that the Brisbane Broncos, New Zealand Warriors, St. George Illawarra Dragons and Sydney Roosters had won bids to participate in the inaugural NRL Women's competition, to commence in September 2018. [14] [15]

2021 – present: Competition expansion

In June 2021 the NRL announced that the NRLW competition would commence expansion and increase to six teams. Initially this meant adding an additional two teams to the competition; however, the New Zealand Warriors announced that they were withdrawing from the competition due to difficulties of moving through borders during the COVID pandemic and an exodus of players and officials. This created an additional spot in the competition, with the NRL announcing that the Gold Coast Titans, Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels would be joining the competition for the 2021 season to keep numbers at six. [16]

In March 2022, the National Rugby League and Australian Rugby League Commission announced that NRLW competition will further expand over the course of the 2023 and 2024 seasons by adding two clubs in each season. [17] [18] Clubs were invited to make submissions to join the league and were required to by April 2022, six were received. [19] The Six clubs that made submissions for an NRLW licence in the expanded competition were: Canberra Raiders, [20] [21] Cronulla Sharks, [22] North Queensland Cowboys, [23] [24] [25] South Sydney Rabbitohs, [26] Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers. [27] The New Zealand Warriors had previously indicated their desire to return a team to the NRLW competition [28] however, they did not place a submission at this time.

In June 2022, the NRL changed their stance and decided to bring all expansion sides in together with the announcement that the four teams would all be admitted in the 2023 season, [29] and that those four clubs were to be: Canberra, Cronulla, North Queensland and Wests Tigers. [30] [31] The 2023 NRLW season will run for 11 weeks (9 rounds, Semi-Finals and a Grand Final).

Following the announcement both the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Penrith Panthers released statements congratulating the clubs that had been chosen, and that they both would be interested in joining the competition in future seasons. [32] [33]

Clubs

NRL Women's operates on a single table system, with no divisions, conferences nor promotion and relegation from other leagues.

The competition's 6 teams are based across 2 states of Australia.

Current clubs

ClubCity/CitiesHome Venue(s) (capacity)Est.JoinedPremierships
TotalLast
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Flag of Queensland.svg Brisbane (Milton) Suncorp Stadium (52,500)1988 2018 3 2020
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Flag of Queensland.svg Gold Coast (Robina) Cbus Super Stadium (27,400)2007 2021 0
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Flag of New South Wales.svg Newcastle (New Lambton) McDonald Jones Stadium (33,000)1988 2021 1 2022
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Flag of New South Wales.svg Sydney (Parramatta) Bankwest Stadium (30,000)1947 2021 0
St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons Flag of New South Wales.svg Sydney (St. George), Flag of New South Wales.svg Wollongong Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (20,500), WIN Stadium (23,000)1998 2018 0
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Flag of New South Wales.svg Sydney (Eastern Suburbs) Sydney Cricket Ground (48,000)1908 2018 1 2021

Future clubs

ClubCity/CitiesHome Venue(s) (capacity)Est.Joining
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Flag of the Australian Capital Territory.svg Canberra GIO Stadium or Raiders Belconnen 19822023
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sutherland Sharks Flag of New South Wales.svg Sydney (Cronulla ,Woolooware) PointsBet Stadium 19672023
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Flag of Queensland.svg Townsville Queensland Country Bank Stadium 19952023
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Flag of New South Wales.svg Sydney (Campbelltown, Leichhardt) Campbelltown Stadium, CommBank Stadium, Leichhardt Oval 20002023

Club in recess

ClubCity/TownEst.JoinedEntered recessPremierships
TotalMost recent
Auckland colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Flag of New Zealand.svg Auckland 1995 2018 2020 0

Players

Members of the St. George Illawarra Dragons NRL Women's team assemble outside Jubilee Oval during a promotional appearance in August 2018 Dragons NRL Women's Premiership players.jpg
Members of the St. George Illawarra Dragons NRL Women's team assemble outside Jubilee Oval during a promotional appearance in August 2018

The club's playing lists were constructed from scratch through the later stages of 2018. All participants in the 2018 season were required to be over the age of 17.

Initially, clubs were asked to nominate a list of desired players, with the NRL assigning two of these "marquee" players to each club. In addition, clubs were able to sign a number of players with existing connections to the club, or with arrangements for club sponsored work or study.

Salary

NRL Women's Premiership hands contracts to 40 elite women players. [34] [35] [36]

The top level salary is $60,000 (excluding marquee deals). Representative Origin payments are $6,000 per game. [37]

Season structure

Pre-season

Prior to the commencement of the home-and-away season teams are paired off to play an exhibition trial match.

Premiership season

The season operates using a Round-robin format, with the top two finishing teams to contest the Grand Final which is to be held on the same day as the men's NRL Grand Final. [5] The draw is structured around the men's finals series. [38]

The rules and regulations are mostly the same as in the men's game, with a few exceptions: [39]

Postseason

In October 2018, NRL announced the inaugural edition of Rugby League World Cup 9s in Western Sydney on 18–19 October 2019, featuring 12 international men's teams and 4 women's teams. [40] This would be around one month after the Women's Grand Final and preseason tournament Auckland Nines in previous years was replaced.

Seasons

SeasonTeamsPremiersRunners-upMinor PremiersWooden Spoon
NRL Women's Premiership
2018 4 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos St. George Illawarra colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
2019 4 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos (2) St. George Illawarra colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos (2) Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
2020 4 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos (3) Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters (2) Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos (3) St. George Illawarra colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons (2)
2021*6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters St. George Illawarra colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons (2) Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos (4) Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
2022 6 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans

* The 2021 season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the season started on 27 February 2022 and was completed on 10 April.

Grand Finals

SeasonPremiersScoreRunners-upReferee(s)VenueDateAtt.
2018 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos34 – 12 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney RoostersJon Stone
Kasey Badger
ANZ Stadium
Sydney
30 September 201816,214
2019 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos30 – 6 St. George Illawarra colours.svg St George Illawarra DragonsKasey Badger
Daniel Schwass
ANZ Stadium
Sydney
6 October 201936,785
2020 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos20 – 10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Belinda Sharpe ANZ Stadium
Sydney
25 October 2020
2021 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters16 – 4 St. George Illawarra colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons Belinda Sharpe Moreton Daily Stadium
Brisbane
10 April 20227,855
2022 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights32 - 12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta EelsKasey Badger Accor Stadium
Sydney
2 October 202242,921

Awards

The following major individual awards and accolades are presented each season:

Records

Most Individual Points

Table last updated 3 October 2022 (after the Grand Final of the 2022 Season).

RankPlayerDebutSeasonsMat.TriesGoalsFGPoints20182019202020212022
1 Zahara Temara 2018524243195 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 4m 3g Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 3m Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 4m 1t 9g Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 7m 10g 1fg Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 6m 1t 21g
2 Kirra Dibb 2019418227062 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 3m 4g New Zealand colours.svg 3m 1t 4g Newcastle colours.svg 5m 4g Newcastle colours.svg 7m 1t 15g
3 Lauren Brown 2020315126056 Brisbane colours.svg 4m 1t Brisbane colours.svg 6m 19g Gold Coast Titans colours.svg 5m 7g
4 Meg Ward 2018310318048 Brisbane colours.svg 3m 1t Brisbane colours.svg 3m 1t 5g Brisbane colours.svg 4m 1t 13g
4 Tamika Upton 2019416120048 Brisbane colours.svg 3m 1t Brisbane colours.svg 4m 5t Brisbane colours.svg 4m 1t Newcastle colours.svg 5m 5t
6Rachael Pearson2021212120145 St. George Illawarra colours.svg 6m 1t 12g St. George Illawarra colours.svg 6m 8g 1fg
7 Chelsea Baker 201827218044 Brisbane colours.svg 4m 2t 15g Brisbane colours.svg 3m 3g
7 Madison Bartlett 2019416110044 New Zealand colours.svg 2m 1t New Zealand colours.svg 3m 1t St. George Illawarra colours.svg 6m 6t Gold Coast Titans colours.svg 5m 3t
9 Teagan Berry 2020314101042 St. George Illawarra colours.svg 1m 1t 1g St. George Illawarra colours.svg 7m 4t St. George Illawarra colours.svg 6m 5t
10 Julia Robinson 201851890036 Brisbane colours.svg 4m 2t Brisbane colours.svg 3m 1t Brisbane colours.svg 4m 2t Brisbane colours.svg 2m 1t Brisbane colours.svg 5m 3t
10 Isabelle Kelly 201852290036 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 4m 2t Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 3m St. George Illawarra colours.svg 2m Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 7m 4t Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 6m 3t
12 Maddie Studdon 2018413115135 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 2m St. George Illawarra colours.svg 4m 8g St. George Illawarra colours.svg 2m Parramatta colours.svg 5m 1t 7g 1fg
13Tayla Preston202216115034 Parramatta colours.svg 6m 1t 15g
13 Ali Brigginshaw 201852373034 Brisbane colours.svg 4m 2t Brisbane colours.svg 4m 1t Brisbane colours.svg 4m 1t Brisbane colours.svg 6m 1t Brisbane colours.svg 5m 2t 3g
15 Steph Hancock 201852280032 Brisbane colours.svg 4m Brisbane colours.svg 4m St. George Illawarra colours.svg 3m Gold Coast Titans colours.svg 6m 4t Gold Coast Titans colours.svg 5m 4t
15 Jessica Sergis 201852280032 St. George Illawarra colours.svg 3m 1t St. George Illawarra colours.svg 4m 3t St. George Illawarra colours.svg 3m 1t Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 6m 1t Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 6m 2t
17 Jaime Chapman 202031470028 St. George Illawarra colours.svg 3m St. George Illawarra colours.svg 6m 3t Brisbane colours.svg 5m 4t
17 Shenae Ciesiolka 202031470028 Brisbane colours.svg 3m Brisbane colours.svg 6m 4t Brisbane colours.svg 5m 3t
17 Tiana Penitani 201941670028 St. George Illawarra colours.svg 4m 2t St. George Illawarra colours.svg 2m 1t Parramatta colours.svg 5m 2t Parramatta colours.svg 5m 2t
17 Simaima Taufa 201852270028 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 4m Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 2m 2t Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 4m Parramatta colours.svg 5m 1t Parramatta colours.svg 7m 4t
21 Tarryn Aiken 201941961026 Brisbane colours.svg 4m Brisbane colours.svg 4m 1t Brisbane colours.svg 6m 2t Brisbane colours.svg 5m 3t 1g
22 Jayme Fressard 202031260024 Brisbane colours.svg 3m Newcastle colours.svg 4m 1t Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 5m 5t
23 Shaniah Power 202031360024 New Zealand colours.svg 2m 2t Gold Coast Titans colours.svg 6m 1t Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 5m 3t
23Olivia Kernick202121360024 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 7m 3t Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 6m 3t
25 Taleena Simon 20182550020 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 4m 4t Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 1m 1t
25 Jesse Southwell 20221726020 Newcastle colours.svg 7m 2t 6g
25 Romy Teitzel 202031350020 Brisbane colours.svg 1m Newcastle colours.svg 5m 2t Newcastle colours.svg 7m 3t
25 Emma Tonegato 202121350020 St. George Illawarra colours.svg 7m 4t St. George Illawarra colours.svg 6m 1t
25 Kimiora Breayley-Nati 201841634020 Brisbane colours.svg 4m 3t St. George Illawarra colours.svg 1m Gold Coast Titans colours.svg 6m 4g Gold Coast Titans colours.svg 5m
25 Yasmin Clydsdale 202031850020 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 4m 2t Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 7m 1t Newcastle colours.svg 7m 2t
25 Quincy Dodd 201941850020 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 1m Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 4m 3t St. George Illawarra colours.svg 7m 1t St. George Illawarra colours.svg 6m 1t
25 Millie Boyle 201942050020 Brisbane colours.svg 4m Brisbane colours.svg 4m 1t Brisbane colours.svg 5m 3t Newcastle colours.svg 7m 1t
25 Chelsea Lenarduzzi 201852250020 Brisbane colours.svg 4m Brisbane colours.svg 3m 1t Brisbane colours.svg 4m 2t Brisbane colours.svg 6m 1t Brisbane colours.svg 5m 1t

Premierships

TallyClubSeasons
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 2018, 2019, 2020
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 2021
1 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 2022

Most consecutive

Runners-Up

TallyClubSeasons
2 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 2019, 2021
2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 2018, 2020
1 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 2022

Minor Premierships

TallyClubSeasons
4 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 2022

Most consecutive

Matches played

All Time Ladder
PosTeamFirst gamePldWLDW%
1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 9th September 201823167069.57%
2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 8th September 2018241212050.00%
3 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 27th February 20221266050.00%
4 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 9th September 2018231112047.82%
5 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 8th September 2018945044.44%
6 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 27th February 20221248033.33%
7 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 27th February 20221248033.33%

Last updated: 3 October 2022

Media coverage

Television

In its inaugural season all matches will be televised live by affiliate partners the Nine Network and Fox League. [44] And NRLWRAP

Online

The official internet/mobile broadcast partner of the NRL is 9Now and Kayo Sports.

Outside Australia, the inaugural season is available on Watch NRL.

Corporate relations

Sponsorship

Holden is the league's past and inaugural naming rights partner. [45] [46]

Telstra is the league's naming rights partner.

All playing and training equipment as well as all licensed apparel and hats for the league's four clubs are manufactured by Nike.

Other league sponsors include Rebel Sport, [47] Harvey Norman and Kellogg's.

The official ball supplier is Steeden. [48]

Merchandising

Official match day attire together with other club merchandise is sold through the NRL's stores and website as well through the clubs and through some retailers.

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