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Media Statement

3 April 2024

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will enter the NRLW in 2025, with a nine-round season expected to culminate with a grand final on the same day as the NRL decider.

Back to Belmore Patron Luke Brailey hailed the successful bid as an exciting milestone in the growth of women's rugby league in the Canterbury-Bankstown district.

“Women's rugby league numbers are continuing to grow in the Canterbury-Bankstown region. The NRLW's expansion would give the competition a proper footprint in the local area,” Mr Brailey said.

“With an NRLW team now locked in for 2025, this will build on momentum to make Belmore Sports Ground a local hub and create a pathway to keep talent in the region. Like the men's team before them, an NRLW team could potentially give young female rugby league players an opportunity to play at the historic venue in the future. This is a groundbreaking development for the women's game and for female rugby league players and athletes in the Canterbury-Bankstown area.”

President Luke Cevolani said that the subsidy program set up by Canterbury Leagues will play a crucial role in producing future male and female athletes in the local district.

“Given the registration grant subsidy of $100 per child currently being funded by Canterbury League Club, Back to Belmore fully expects thousands of junior athletes – both male and female – will be encouraged to participate in the Canterbury-Bankstown District Junior Rugby League this year, nurturing the talents of the next generation of sports players who aspire to play at Belmore Sports Ground one day,” Mr Cevolani said.

“Over the years, the iconic facility has contributed significantly to the development of up-and-coming athletes and we are certain that will continue in the years ahead with the genesis of an NRLW team in our own backyard.”

Late last week, the NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo unveiled Canterbury as one of two new teams to join the NRLW in a bold 12-team expansion alongside the New Zealand Warriors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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