The NRLW will develop to 6 groups and an extended season in 2021, the NRL confirmed in a momentous announcement.

The NRLW will develop to 6 groups and an extended season in 2021, the NRL introduced right now.

The Newcastle Knights, Gold Coast Titans and Parramatta Eels are the three new additions to the NRLW, becoming a member of current groups the Brisbane Broncos, Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra Dragons.

The NRLW may even develop from 4 weeks to seven weeks with greater than double the quantity of video games.

Initially there have been seven video games however now there might be 18 with each staff enjoying one another as soon as.

Titans co-owner Rebecca Frizelle stated the NRLW staff was a “vital step ahead” for the membership.

“Our NRLW program is prime to the success of the Titans now and into the years to come back,” she stated.

“As a membership we’re intrinsically related to the area we symbolize and now, via our NRLW staff, younger ladies can have athletes that they’ll aspire to be.”

The highest 4 groups on the finish of the common season will play in two semi-final matches, with the NRLW grand remaining to resolve the 2021 premiership champions on the identical day because the NRL grand remaining.

Recent off retirement from rugby league, Blake Inexperienced is about to educate the Knights’ NRLW staff.

“This can be a very particular second for our membership, our metropolis and our area,” Knights CEO Philip Gardner stated.

“It is paying homage to when the membership was based again in 1988, when a younger and prepared group of gamers obtained their likelihood to create a bit of historical past. That is the subsequent large step ahead.

“We’re actually excited to have the Newcastle Knights compete within the NRLW,” Inexperienced added.

“I am unable to wait to play my half in creating the correct atmosphere and pathways for girls in rugby league, particularly right here in Newcastle.

“Our clear intention is to get this proper from the beginning as a result of we solely have one alternative to take action.

“I might be leaning on all my learnings and expertise from 14 seasons within the NRL, in addition to a really sturdy employees and core group of gamers who will proceed an awesome custom of representing rugby league within the Hunter.”

The 2021 NRLW season will start throughout Spherical 23 of the NRL with a majority of fixtures to be performed as double-headers in an effort to extend the publicity of the competitors to followers.

The NRL additionally indicated they intend to develop the competitors to eight groups by 2022.

“At this time is a very big day for the sport. Ladies’s rugby league is the quickest rising a part of our sport and it is thrilling to be able to develop the competitors after the success of the final three seasons,” NRL Chief Govt Andrew Abdo stated of the announcement.

“The NRLW competitors has produced among the greatest athletes in Australia, it is captivated a brand new fan base and right now’s expansion will give extra gamers the chance to play in an elite competitors.”

Parramatta’s NRLW staff might be coached by former Eels star Dean Widders.

“I’m delighted that we’re capable of welcome Dean again to the membership, and along with his latest expertise as head coach of the South Sydney girls’s staff, he’ll convey a powerful information of the ladies’s recreation to our program,” Eels CEO Jim Sarantinos stated.

“We’ve got one of many largest feminine supporter bases within the NRL, and we need to make sure the membership represents the range of its members and followers by offering a platform to encourage younger ladies to really feel related with the membership,”

“Our membership is dedicated to creating an elite girls’s program that rivals any sport in Western Sydney.”

As a result of ongoing difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic, the New Zealand Warriors’ NRLW staff is not going to participate within the 2021 season.

“As a membership that prides itself in supporting the ladies’s recreation, this has been an exceptionally tough resolution to make,” Warriors CEO Cameron George stated in an announcement.

“The important thing issue is the influence the COVID-19 pandemic is continuous to have on our membership throughout the board. We’re extraordinarily cautious of the border scenario and can proceed to be so. It is uppermost in our considering as we attempt to negotiate this yr.

“It meant we had been capable of embody solely 5 New Zealand-based gamers in our squad final yr and uncertainty stays this yr.

Nevertheless the inspiration NRLW membership plans to take part within the 2022 season.

“We have to see vital funding within the pathways and improvement of the ladies’s recreation in our nation,” George stated.

“Because it stands, we’re a good distance behind what we see in Australia. They’ve a really sturdy construction constructed on competitions, consultant fixtures and an enormous dedication to improvement.”

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