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Club Statement: NRLW submission

The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) has today approved the addition of four new teams to an expanded NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership competition in 2023.

The club would like to congratulate Cronulla Sharks, Canberra Raiders, North Queensland Cowboys and Wests Tigers on their admission to the premiership next year.

The NRL has informed Panthers that although the club did not receive an NRLW licence at this expansion point does not mean that the opportunity is lost for the foreseeable future.

The club will continue to work with the NRL to ensure the club is in the best position to enter the NRLW competition in the next expansion phase.

At present the Penrith district is home to more than 1,000 junior and senior female players and remains a key growth area for women’s rugby league.

The club’s Tarsha Gale Cup team will once again feature in the NSWRL competition in the 2023 season.

Panthers will continue to work with stakeholders, players and staff to ensure women’s rugby league is a key feature of the junior pathways program.

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.