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Stuart named inaugural PRLW head coach

Penrith Panthers is pleased to announce experienced coach Karen Stuart as the inaugural Panthers Rugby League Women’s (PRLW) head coach for the 2023 season.

Stuart will oversee the historic new under-20s competition, that will provide local female players (aged 18, 19 and 20 in 2023) the opportunity to participate in a competitive program before progressing to open-aged and professional competitions.

Stuart joins the club with a wealth of rugby league experience, having played and coached at the highest level.

The former international represented Queensland and the Jillaroos during her playing career, before progressing to coaching, in which she led Queensland, New South Wales and Australia.

Stuart to guide emerging talent in PRLW

Prior to the commencement of the PRLW season, Stuart will coach all players over a six-week block. At the conclusion of the training period, teams will be formed to create an equal and competitive 15-week competition.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining the Panthers for the historic PRLW competition,” Stuart said.

“I chose to come to Panthers because of the investment the club is willing to make for the women’s game. It’s an exciting time for women’s rugby league and there are opportunities abound in this space.  

“PRLW is a building block for the Panthers to be ready for a future NRLW team, and this competition is a great opportunity for young women to develop as rugby league payers.”


Registrations are open for the PRLW. Participants will need to complete the PRLW Player Information Form, as well as register through player's junior league club. 

Click here for PRLW Player Information Sheet and Form (this form must be completed for registration).

After completion of the above form, register through your junior rugby league club.

Click here for PRLW 2023 Coaches, Trainers and Managers Form.

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.