Womens NRLW WOMEN Rumoured Player Movements, Re-signings and Rumour Mill 2018/2019

mt.wellington

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NRLW WOMEN Rumoured Player Movements, Re-signings and Rumour Mill 2018/2019

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A thread for all recruitment news, rumours and gossip from the NRLW competition...
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
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Mt. Wellington, Auckland
NZRL name women’s top 20
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The New Zealand Rugby League have named their 20 female marquee players that have been put forward for the new NRL Women’s Competition, which kicks off in September. (Photo: NRLPhotos).

These players were identified from the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Kiwi Ferns squad and will be considered marquee’ in selections by the four NRL teams included in the competition, while all other New Zealand and Australian players that aren’t identified as marquee will be contracted as free agents.

NZRL top 20:
Aieshaleigh Smalley
Amber Kani
Annetta-Claudia Nuuausala
Apii Nicholls-Pualau
Georgia Hale
Hilda Mariu
Honey Hireme
Kahurangi Peters
Kimiora Nati
Krystal Rota
Lilieta Maumau
Louisa Gago
Maitua Feterika
Ngatokotoru Arakua
Nita Maynard
Raecene McGregor
Racquel Anderson
Shontelle Woodman
Teuila Fotu-Moala
Kailey Faye Thompson

https://www.kiwileaguecentral.com/latest/nzrl-name-womens-top-20/
 

mt.wellington

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WOMEN'S RUGBY LEAGUE

Lafai's cousin among Dragons recruits for Women's NRL
Brad Walter Senior Reporter
Wed 13 Jun 2018, 07:00 PM

Oneata Schwalger had never met her cousin Tim Lafai until she signed to play for St George Illawarra in the NRL Women's Premiership.

Now the pair are trying to convince Lafai's sister, Atasi, to join the club.

Schwalger, who played for Australia in the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup, was one of five recruits announced by the Dragons on Wednesday, a group that also included Kiwi Ferns stars Honey Hireme and Raecene McGregor.

The Melbourne-based mother-of-two is the sister of former All Blacks prop John Schwalger and began playing league more than a decade ago in New Zealand before moving to Australia.


She represented Samoa at February's Commonwealth Championships Nines tournament and played in the final against a Jillaroos team featuring fellow St George Illawarra recruit Rikeya Horne.

Atasi Lafai was also a member of the Samoa team and plays with both league and union alongside Schwalger.

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Ben Hunt with Raecene McGregor.©dragons.com.au
"They played in the Nines and got a silver medal in the final against the Jillaroos. That is obviously why she [Schwalger] is here now," Lafai said. "My sister loves her union but we are trying to get her to league.

"It is pretty good having family in the same team now, repping the Red V. I am pretty sure she will do well."

Schwalger was spotted by Dragons recruitment manager Richard Agar and coach Daniel Lacey playing for Affiliated States at the recent National Championships.

The 32-year-old said she jumped at the opportunity to play in the inaugural NRL Women's Premiership and has arranged for family members to look after he two sons Diego, 11, and Malakye, 10, while she is playing for the Dragons.

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Rikeya Horne and Tyson Frizell.©dragons.com.au
"They are Storm supporters, I am Warriors, but now we are Dragons," she said.

"To play NRL was a goal, I knew where the game was going and they were offering an opportunity for me to play so I grabbed it."

Lacey travelled to Melbourne last week to meet with Schwalger and she is the first confirmed signing by any of the four NRL clubs from outside the pool of 60 players on marquee NRL and NZRL contracts.


"She has played at the highest level in rugby union and this experience, combined with her energy and enthusiasm will pay huge dividends for the squad," Lacey said.

"Oneata will give her all for the Dragons. She's shown that ever since we expressed interest in her."

The Dragons have now announced eight signings - Jillaroos stars Sam Bremner, Kezie Apps and Talesha Quinn, the Kiwi Ferns duo of Hireme and McGregor, Horne, Schwalger and NSW winger Jessica Sergis.

It is understood the club is close to finalising deals with another five players which will be announced soon.

https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/06/13...-dragons-recruits-for-nrl-womens-premiership/
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,809
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
NZRL name women’s top 20
24132086_1963068093961565_5771693976693812240_o.jpg

The New Zealand Rugby League have named their 20 female marquee players that have been put forward for the new NRL Women’s Competition, which kicks off in September. (Photo: NRLPhotos).

These players were identified from the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Kiwi Ferns squad and will be considered marquee’ in selections by the four NRL teams included in the competition, while all other New Zealand and Australian players that aren’t identified as marquee will be contracted as free agents.

NZRL top 20:
Aieshaleigh Smalley
Amber Kani
Annetta-Claudia Nuuausala
Apii Nicholls-Pualau
Georgia Hale
Hilda Mariu
Honey Hireme
Kahurangi Peters
Kimiora Nati
Krystal Rota
Lilieta Maumau
Louisa Gago
Maitua Feterika
Ngatokotoru Arakua
Nita Maynard
Raecene McGregor
Racquel Anderson
Shontelle Woodman
Teuila Fotu-Moala
Kailey Faye Thompson

https://www.kiwileaguecentral.com/latest/nzrl-name-womens-top-20/
Incase some aren't aware of the way it works with the NRLW teams, the Kiwis name 20 marquee players and Australia name 40. No team can have more than 15 marquees in their team. Then they have 7 players they can sign from outside the marquee list. All squads are 22 players...
 
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