NRLW 2022: All news and signatures, lineups

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Knights CEO officially launches the team’s NRLW, while Phil Gardner has declared Newcastle ‘the biggest development club in the game’.

The Knights are one of three new teams to join the NRLW in 2022, including Parramatta and Gold Coast.

Gardner said the trails available to both male and female rugby league players in the region make the club stand out when it comes to developing local talent.

“Currently the Newcastle Knights are the biggest development club in the game,” said Gardner.

“We have Laurie Daley and Andrew Johns sides, we have Harold Matts, SG Ball, Jersey Flegg [sides]. We have the NSW trophy. We have Harvey Norman and Tarsha Gale, NRLW and NRL men’s sides.

“We are the biggest developer of both men’s and women’s rugby league talent in the game.

Bobbi Law (bottom right) is among a series of opening signings for the Newcastle Knights NRLW squad announced Friday.  Credits: Newcastle Knights media
camera iconBobbi Law (bottom right) is among a series of opening signings for the Newcastle Knights NRLW squad announced Friday. Credits: Newcastle Knights media. Credit: daily telegram

“Our area is from Gosford to the Queensland border. Anyone who wants to play rugby league, male or female, can come and play for the Knights, we have a way.”

The Knights have announced the contracts of seven local players, including Bobbi Law and Jayme Fressard, ahead of their inaugural season kicking off against the Eels on February 27.

Law, a hub, joins the Knights of the Roosters representing the native All Stars and Prime Ministers XIII.

Former Brisbane center Fressard was part of the Broncos’ 2020 premier-winning season.

Alongside Law and Fressard, the Knights added 30-year-old local miner Phoebe Desmond to the NRLW team. Desmond has been a mainstay in women’s rugby league in Newcastle and the Hunter Region.

Gardner also said the Knights are committed to growing the women’s game and achieving equal pay between elite male and female players.

“There is a goal in our game to ensure equality between men and women. Women currently work part-time. That’s why they make great sacrifices to play our sport. They work, they also try to make a career and play football. “It is much harder for women than it is for men,” Gardner said.

“A real inspiration for all of us.

“One of our goals is to see equality between men and women in our sport. Given the growth and the support of the incoming sponsors, I think we will see that soon.”

NRLW signatures: Bobbi Law, Caitlan Johnston, Jayme Fressard, Georgia Page, Chantelle Graham, Kyra Simon, Phoebe Desmond

Development players: Bree Chester, Jesse Southwell, Kayla Romaniuk, Matilda Jones, Sophie Clancy, and Tylah Vallance

Coach: Casey Bromilow

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