NRLW Ward Among Five More NRLW


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Ward Among Five More NRLW

Tue 11 Jun 2019, 02:02 PM

The Brisbane Broncos have added five more elite players to their NRLW squad for the 2019 season.

Centres Meg Ward and Amber Pilley as well as lock Rona Peters all return after starring in the Broncos’ 2018 Premiership victory, while exciting talents Tarryn Aiken and Amber Hall will be given their first taste of NRLW.

Aiken is a skilful and speedy young half from Tweed Heads who played for South East Queensland at the recent National Championships played, as well as being a former Australian Touch Football representative.

Hall is a blockbusting and creative front or back rower who has represented the Kiwi Ferns

Ward, Pilley and Peters were last week named in the Queensland squad for the Women’s State Of Origin to be played at North Sydney Oval on June 21.

Tough-as-teak Ward said re-signing with the Broncos had capped off a huge week, after she had fought her way back to fitness in the wake of surgery to repair a ruptured and slipped disc in her back at the end of last year.

“I’m stoked and really excited – there’s no other club I’d rather play for and really grateful that I got this opportunity” said Ward.

“It was a challenging injury for me but I think anyone who plays contact sport faces injuries through their careers so that was just my challenge … I’ve bounced back and played five or six games now and had no issues.

“So I’m just ready to get back out there and put on the Broncos colours and play footy again.

“It only feels like yesterday (that we won the grand final), I think every morning you wake up and pinch yourself that we were fortunate enough to get the win on the day.

“To be a part of that group last year was really special and I’m really looking forward to taking off from where we left off.

“A lot of people saw last year how strong women’s football is and got really excited about what’s to come, so I think that we’ll get some new fans this year jump on board.”

The Broncos have now announced nine of their 22-player squad for 2019, after last week’s news that Captain and halfback Ali Brigginshaw, fullback Chelsea Baker, and props Heather Ballinger and Steph Hancock had all re-committed to the Club.

All those four have also been named in the Queensland squad for the Women’s State Of Origin later this month.

Expect more player signing announcements over the coming weeks, ahead of the Broncos beginning their NRLW pre-season in August, and the competition kick-off in the second week of September.

Broncos 2019 NRLW Squad

Tarryn Aiken

Chelsea Baker

Heather Ballinger

Ali Brigginshaw

Amber Hall

Steph Hancock

Rona Peters

Amber Pilley

Meg Ward

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Sounds like we're going to have another pretty formidable squad.

Let's go back-to-back.
I worked a rough squad out under the new cap in the first signing thread and we’ll keep about 85% of last year’s squad if they want to come back. Breayley, Robinson, Arakua and Fotu-Moala are must resigns imo. That’s the bulk of the starting 13 sorted then.

Btw been thinking it may be beneficial so it doesn’t get lost amongst all the other threads if the staff wanted to combine it all into a megathread or another sub-forum seeing as the season is still months away. Can host live game threads and the like there too. Be it either in BB talk or just the general rugby league talk


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Adding here as no one else seems to really care so I won’t make a new thread

Brander Joins Broncos In Huge NRLW Signing
Thu 13 Jun 2019, 08:31 AM

The Brisbane Broncos have delivered a NRLW recruitment coup with Jillaroo star Annette Brander signing on for the 2019 season.

Brander, who carries an NRL Marquee Contract, played for St George Dragons in the inaugural NRLW competition last season but has chosen to return to her home state with the defending premiers in 2019.

Named last week in the Queensland squad for the Women’s State Of Origin to be played at North Sydney Oval on June 21, Brander brings footwork, skill and toughness as well as vast experience at the top level.

The Caboolture product made her debut for Queensland in 2014, the same year she debuted for the Jillaroos as part of the team's first Auckland Nines appearance – and she has been part of Australian national squad ever since.

“I’m super excited to be part of the Broncos this year – I’m a local girl so it’s really exciting,” said Brander.

“I had a good opportunity with the Dragons last year and I’m grateful for that but I’m a Brisbane girl ... so it was the right decision to stay in my lifestyle and have a really good balance.

“I’ve got a lot of really good mates in the Broncos teams so I’m excited to be able to play with them – the Broncos are a team I’ve followed for a while so I’m looking forward to being a part of it.

Brander becomes the 10th player to be named a Bronco for the 2019 NRLW season, with the 22-player squad quickly falling into place.


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