Rivalries, questions and criticism: Proof the women’s game is here to stay

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The increased questioning of tactics, fostering of rivalries and justified criticism of player performances in 2020 has provided an important step in the evolution of women’s rugby league.

A year that started with a global pandemic will end with Friday night’s Harvey Norman Women’s State of Origin match at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Ward’s secret weapon could kick Broncos to three-peat

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With the Telstra Women’s Premiership Grand Final between the Brisbane Broncos and Sydney Roosters expected to be a nail biter, every point matters.

Fortunately for the Broncos, the kicking prowess of the women’s game’s most accurate first-choice kicker, centre Meg Ward, may prove to be the difference.

Ward’s hard work this season on fine-tuning her kicking, particularly conversions, has been boosted by a secret weapon – her dad, Warwick.

“I had about a three-week pre-season with the Broncos and during that time I couldn’t work,” said Ward.

Arthur on the rocks? Brad’s still right coach to bring Eels elusive title

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Parramatta’s semi-final loss brought back that familiar sense of melancholy for Eels fans but we can’t forget how far the club has come in the past four years.

Now it’s time to take it to the next level.

The knives are already out for Brad Arthur, suggesting he is not the coach to lead Parramatta to that long-awaited first premiership since 1986.

Meet the latest code-hopper to ignite the NRLW

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The thrilling debuts from Charlotte Caslick and Ellia Green in round one of the Telstra Women’s Premiership made the rugby sevens code-hoppers the talk of footy fans.

Another code-hopper is set to make her debut this weekend for the Roosters and she is determined to keep the good times rolling.

Lenarduzzi hoping Broncos bashers come back for more

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After they weren’t supposed to win the first NRLW title and also weren’t expected to claim the second, Broncos star Chelsea Lenarduzzi is hoping history again repeats itself.

The third NRLW season starts with a double-header in Canberra on Saturday, with the Broncos ready to silence their doubters once more.

Warriors’ blended family can achieve special feats in NRLW: Brown

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Warriors to blend players from New Zealand, NSW and Queensland, plus rugby, into one squad but Karina Brown is confident they can give the NRLW title a real shake.

While there has been a frenzy of signings in the Telstra Women’s Premiership over the last two weeks, Brown was always interested in playing for the Warriors.