2019 NRLW signings: Squads confirmed for second season

Former Taupiri rugby union player Tyler Reid has been called into the Warriors' 22-player squad for the 2019 season after Va'anessa Molia-Fraser was ruled out through injury. 

Reid, 25, was part of the Warriors NRLW train-on squad before Luisa Avaiki rewarded the mum-of-one a 2019 contract.

Molia-Fraser was ruled out of the competition last month after picking up a knee injury. 

Remaining squads for the second year of the NRLW were finalised earlier this month. 

Brisbane have assembled a new-look squad that features several premiership-winners including Ali Brigginshaw, Chelsea Baker, Steph Hancock and new recruit Tazmin Gray. 

But it is St George Illawarra who were the big movers in the player market with Jillaroos hooker Brittany Breayley joining Kiwi Ferns quartet Teuila Fotu-Moala, Ngatokotoru Arakua, Kimiora Nati and Maitua Feterika in signing with the Red V this season. 

The Roosters maintained a core group that played in last year's grand final, while adding Queensland back-rower Tallisha Harden and Australian representative Hannah Southwell to their squad. 

The Warriors confirmed their 22-player squad in one announcement with Honey Hireme returning home to the Auckland-based club in a big victory for both parties.

The first round of the draw is expected to be announced on September 8. 

NRL Holden Women's Premiership

The second Holden NRL Women's Premiership kicks off in September aligned with the men's finals series.

Rule changes to recruitment and retention for the 2019 season have been confirmed.

Under a new cap system, points will be awarded to players for Test and State of Origin appearances, representing the Prime Minister’s XIII or playing at the National Championships.

Each club will be allowed to sign 22 players whose value totals a minimum of 120 points and a maximum of 160 points, with a player worth:

  • 10 points if they played for the Jillaroos or Kiwi Ferns;
  • 8 points if they played State of Origin for NSW or Queensland;
  • 4 points if they represented the PM’s XIII against the PNG Orchids in Port Moresby, and;
  • 3 points if they played at the National Championships.

With the NRLW competition in just its second year, points will be allocated for representative achievements for last season only.

Squads

Brisbane Broncos

Re-signed

Chelsea Baker, Heather Ballinger, Ali Brigginshaw, Steph Hancock, Rona Peters, Amber Pilley, Meg Ward, Julia Robinson, Chelsea Lenarduzzi, Lavinia Gould, Taylor Mapusua, Mariah Storch.

Gains

Tazmin Gray (Sydney Roosters), Annette Brander (St George Illawarra Dragons), Raecene McGregor (St George Illawarra Dragons), Millie Boyle, Amber Hall, Tarryn Aiken, Amy Turner, Jessika Elliston, Rosemary Vaimili-Toalepai, Tamika Upton.

Losses

Tallisha Harden (Sydney Roosters), Brittany Breayley (St George Illawarra Dragons), Teuila Fotu-Moala (St George Illawarra Dragons), Maitua Feterika (St George Illawarra Dragons), Kimiora Nati (St George Illawarra Dragons), Ngatokotoru Arakua (St George Illawarra Dragons).

Unsigned

Caitlin Moran, Jayme Fressard, Kody House, Amelia Kuk, Lilieta Manumau, Karley Te Kawa.

St George Illawarra Dragons

Re-signed

Kezie Apps, Jessica Sergis, Shakiah Tungai, Holli Wheeler, Keeley Davis, Rikeya Horne, Maddison Weatherall, Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa'amausili.

Gains

Maddie Studdon (Sydney Roosters), Brittany Breayley (Brisbane Broncos), Teuila Fotu-Moala (Brisbane Broncos), Maitua Feterika (Brisbane Broncos), Kimiora Nati (Brisbane Broncos), Ngatokotoru Arakua (Brisbane Broncos) Botille Vette-Welsh (Sydney Roosters), Sarah Togatuki (Sydney Roosters), Stephanie Mooka, Najvada George, Tiana Penitani, Alexandrea Kiriwi, Shaylee Bent, Takilele Katoa.

Losses

Annette Brander (Brisbane Broncos), Raecene McGregor (Brisbane Broncos), Sam Bremner (pregnancy), Hannah Southwell (Sydney Roosters), Melanie Howard (Sydney Roosters), Honey Hireme (Warriors).

Unsigned

Talia Atfield, Georgina Brooker, Teina Clark, Kate Haren, Asoiva Karpani, Asipau Mafi, Talesha Quinn, Oneata Schwalger, Anneka Stephens, Josie Strong.

Sydney Roosters

Re-signed

Karina Brown, Quincy Dodd, Vanessa Foliaki, Isabelle Kelly, Nita Maynard, Corban McGregor, Ruan Sims, Shontelle Stowers, Zahara Temara, Simaima Taufa.

Gains

Hannah Southwell (St George Illawarra Dragons), Tallisha Harden (Brisbane Broncos), Melanie Howard (St George Illawarra Dragons), Kirra Dibb, Shanice Parker, Simone Smith, Jasmin Allende, Bobbi Law, Amelia Mafi, Aliti Namoce, Kiana Takairangi, Rebecca Young. 

Losses

Nakia Davis-Welsh (pregnancy), Taleena Simon (pregnancy), Maddie Studdon (St George Illawarra Dragons), Botille Vette-Welsh (St George Illawarra Dragons), Sarah Togatuki (St George Illawarra Dragons), Tazmin Gray (Brisbane Broncos).

Unsigned

Chloe Caldwell, Kylie Hilder, Kandy Kennedy, Victoria Latu, Sharon McGrady, Lavina O'Mealey, Brydie Parker, Elianna Walton.

New Zealand Warriors

Re-signed

Georgia Hale, Amber Kani, Onjeurlina Leiataua, Hilda Mariu, Apii Nicholls, Tanika-Jazz Noble-Bell, Annetta-Claudia Nuuausala, Krystal Rota, Aieshaleigh Smalley, Crystal Tamarua.

Gains

Honey Hireme (St George Illawarra Dragons), Billy Jean Ale, Madison Bartlett, Jules Newman, Kanyon Paul, Charntay Poko, Roela Radiniyavuni, Timaima Ravisa, Tasia Seumanufagai, Atawhai Tupaea, Kathleen Wharton Keremete, Tyler Reid. 

Losses

Nil.

Unsigned

Raquel Anderson-Pitman, Sarina Clark, Lisa Edwards, Luisa Gago, Laura Mariu, Lorina Papali'i, Kahurangi Peters, Masuisuimatamaalii (Sui) Tauasa-Pauaraisa, Alice Vailea, Langi Veainu, Shontelle Woodman.

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