NRLW 2024 news

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Dragons extend contracts of NRLW trio​

The club have now signed 11 players to their roster for next season.​

St George Illawarra Dragons NRLW 2024 Squad so far
  • Teagan Berry
  • Sophie Clancy
  • Raecene McGregor
  • Bobbi Law
  • Alexis Tauaneai
  • Ella Koster
  • Shenai Lendill
  • Tara McGrath-West
  • Jamilee Bright
  • Sara Sautia
  • Angelina Teakaraanga-Katoa
Pressure should be on Sowie. He has been very unsuccessful.
 

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Updated squad list

Alexis Tauaneai, Angelina Teakaraanga-Katoa, Bobbi Law, Ella Koster, Jamilee Bright, Raecene McGregor, Tara McGrath-West, Teagan Berry, Zali Hopkins, Sophie Clancy, Sara Sautia, Shenai Lendill, Kaarla Cowan, Tayla Curtis, Madison Mulhall, Bronte Wilson

Bronte Wilson to be announced yet

Trinity Tauaneai and Jessica Patea Supplementary contracts
 

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Dragons extend Kiwi star​

The Dragons have locked in Kiwi playmaker Tyla King on a new deal which will see the 29-year-old remain at the club until at least the end of the 2025 season.

After appearing in all nine games for the Dragons in 2023, the cross-code convert capped off a stellar season after helping lead the Kiwi Ferns to a Pacific Championships victory over Australia in her debut Kiwi Ferns campaign.
"I'm so excited to be back with the Dragons," King said.

"I absolutely loved my time last season with the team and knew it wouldn't be a one-and-done type thing. I've still got so much to learn in the sport and I'm super excited to continue that growth with the team and Sowie."
 

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The Dragons are pleased to announce that Kasey Reh, Charlotte Basham, and Bronte Wilson have inked NRLW deals fresh off their Tarsha Gale Cup Grand Final glory.

Reh, who captained the Steelers to their 24-12 Grand Final victory, joins the NRLW squad on a three-year contract with Wilson and Basham both inking one-year deals.


All three were integral parts of the Steelers' undefeated run to the premiership with Reh being awarded the competition's Player of the Series.

Dragons NRLW head coach Jamie Soward is confident that the trio will play an important role for the side.
 

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The Dragons are pleased to confirm that Zali Hopkins, Margot Vella, and Keele Browne have agreed to deals that will see them remain with the Red V.

Hopkins and Vella have both inked deals that will see them remain with the club until at least the end of the 2025 NRLW season whilst Browne has signed a one-year deal.


Hopkins debuted for the Dragons as a five-eighth back in 2022 and has played an important role in the squad over the past two seasons.

The soon-to-be 22-year-old impressed playing Oztag and Rugby Sevens as a youngster before making the switch to rugby league where she made a name for herself playing in the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership for the Sharks.

“Zali has been a part of my system for a number of years now and she works really hard,” said Dragons NRLW head coach Jamie Soward.

“She’s played out of position, she’s learnt her craft, and she’s a really good team person to be around who will turn into a leader at our club. We’re really happy with the depth we've been able to get covering all positions and Zali typifies that.”

A former Waratah, Vella linked up with the Red V prior to the 2023 NRLW season and quickly made her mark.

She notched a double on debut against the Eels at WIN Stadium and went to make eight appearances throughout the season scoring five tries – the second-highest mark on the team – and averaging 68 run metres with 13 tackle breaks.

“Margot came from the Waratahs and, in her first year, I thought got some really good game knowledge under her belt,” Soward said.

“We’re very pleased to be able to have her back for two years. I think she’s developing and can play pretty much anywhere. She’s a competitor who I've really loved having in the team.”

A Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs junior, Browne made her NRLW debut for the Dragons as a teenager in 2021 and came off the bench in the side’s Grand Final loss later that season.


Her 2023 campaign was cut short due to an ankle injury, but she returns in 2024 as one of the club’s longest tenured players.

“Keele’s been with me since I came to the club. She’s been a part of the Illawarra Steelers and come through the pathways, so she is an example that we like to bring girls right through from start to finish,” Soward said.

“She’s a strong ball-runner, elite with her fitness, and a really good team person. We’re looking forward to having her back for another year.”

Browne echoes Soward’s sentiments as she prepares to return for her fourth campaign as a Dragon.

“I'm really excited for this season,” Browne said.

“We were a pretty new group last season, but we have a lot of girls returning this year so we will be able to build where we left off.”
 

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NRLW SQUAD

Alexis Tauaneai
Angelina Teakaraanga-Katoa
Bobbi Law
Bronte Wilson
Charlotte Basham
Ella Koster
Jamilee Bright
Kaarla Cowan
Kasey Reh
Keele Browne
Maatuleio Fotu-Moala
Macie Carlile
Margot Vella
Raecene McGregor
Sara Sautia
Shenai Lendill
Sophie Clancy
Tara McGrath-West
Taylor Mapusua
Teagan Berry
Tyla King
Zali Hopkins

Development

Indie Bostock
Jessica Patea
Koffi Brookfield
Taneisha Gray
Trinity Tauaneai
 
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