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NRLW 2023: Games & Preview

Anticipation has just hit a new gear… we have a start date and a full NRLW 2023 schedule.

As expected, it promises to be bigger and better than ever; new teams and an extended season. And on top of that, the 2023 season will also see matches played in primetime; a first for the league. Bring it on.

NRLW 2023 details

When does the NRLW season start?

Saturday, July 22

Titans v Cowboys, Saturday 12:50pm, Cbus Super Stadium

Knights v Dragons, Saturday 3:10pm, McDonald Jones Stadium

Broncos v Roosters, Saturday 7:45pm, Sunshine Coast Stadium (Kawana)

NRLW 2023 contract window
Millie Boyle becomes one of the biggest names of the NRLW 2023 contract window. Boyle’s first game as a Rooster will be against former club the Broncos.

The season will kick off on July 22 with a Saturday Queensland derby between the Gold Coast Titans and the North Queensland Cowboys. After that, reigning champions the Newcastle Knights will host the Dragons at McDonald Jones Stadium. And to conclude a huge opening day, the Broncos will battle the Roosters on the Sunshine Coast.

Unfortunately, most Round 1 games will be competing with Men’s Round 21 NRL action. Our solution? Sort out a second screen in the lounge room.

Who are the new teams in the NRLW 2023?

Four new teams will join the NRLW in 2023 – the Canberra Raiders, Cronulla Sharks, North Queensland Cowboys and Wests Tigers.

New NRLW teams, NRLW 2023
NRLW 2023 welcomes four teams; the Sharks, Cowboys, Tigers & Raiders

The new teams and new salary cap have led to some huge transfers ahead of NRLW 2023.

NRLW 2023 key dates

Season opener – July 22

NRLW 2023 Grand Final – October 1

The NRLW 2023 regular season is nine regular season rounds before finals — the longest season the NRLW has ever had.

Like in 2022, the NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership Grand Final will be played before the men’s final on Sunday, October 1 in what will be a huge double header final.

“This year’s NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership will be super charged with four new teams, nine regular-season rounds, followed by semi finals and a Grand Final,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said.

“In 2023, there will be new rivalries and new timeslots with every match being broadcast on free-to-air TV nationally with primetime coverage for the first time ever.

How to watch the NRLW 2023 in Australia

Every match of the NRLW season will be available on Channel 9, 9 Now, Fox League and Kayo.

NRLW 2023 full draw

The full NRLW 2023 draw has been released. Here are all the games, for the full nine rounds of the regular season.

Round 1, July 22-23:

Titans v Cowboys

Knights v Dragons

Broncos v Roosters

Eels v Tigers

Sharks v Raiders

The opening round of the features a Western Sydney battle including one of the inaugural sides, the Wests Tigers.

Round 2, July 27-30:

Broncos v Titans

Raiders v Roosters

Dragons v Eels

Knights v Cowboys

Tigers v Sharks

Round 3, August 3-6:

Roosters v Dragons

Cowboys v Broncos

Sharks v Titans

Eels v Knights

Raiders v Tigers

The Roosters will host the Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground; a first for the Women’s game.

Round 4, August 12-13:

Dragons v Raiders

Cowboys v Tigers

Broncos v Eels

Sharks v Roosters

Knights v Titans

The co-Dally M medalists in 2021, Emma Tonegato and Millie Boyle, are both at new clubs and they’ll go head-to-head at PointsBet Stadium.

Round 5, August 19-20:

Cowboys v Sharks

Tigers v Dragons

Titans v Roosters

Knights v Broncos

Raiders v Eels

Round 6, August 26-27:

Eels v Cowboys

Dragons v Titans

Roosters v Tigers

Broncos v Raiders

Knights v Sharks

Round 7, September 2-3:

Raiders v Knights

Broncos v Sharks

Cowboys v Dragons

Titans v Tigers

Roosters v Eels

Round 8, September 7-10:

Sharks v Dragons

Tigers v Broncos

Knights v Roosters

Cowboys v Raiders

Titans v Eels

Knight-Roosters in Round 8 will be one of the most anticipated regular season games, with star Millie Boyle going up against the club she just won a premiership with.

Round 9, September 14-17:

Tigers v Knights

Roosters v Cowboys

Dragons v Broncos

Eels v Sharks

Raiders v Titans

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