The Gold Coast Titans will start the search for their future NRLW stars when their junior female academies start training in November.
Having already had Titans NRLW contracted and Women’s State of Origin players Tiana Raftstrand-Smith and Destiny Brill take part in the 2021 program, the club is excited to see what talent emerges through the new program.
Inaugural Titans NRLW coach, Jamie Feeney, will oversee the program as he looks to develop the future players to be able to take the step from club and school rugby league to a representative level.
“The Gold Coast region has long been a breeding ground for exceptional male talent graduating into the NRL, and its no different for the women. What I am most excited about is being able to help develop local players from the area from these academies right through to the NRLW.”
The Titans are one of three new NRLW teams in the expanded 2021 competition. The club has assembled a strong mix of experience and youth that will make our community proud.
Unfortunately with the Covid pandemic situation in NSW, the season has been postponed to early 2022 in what shapes to be an exciting a calendar of women’s rugby league culminating in the World Cup.
The Titans Junior Female Academies will now start the club’s season from November, leading into the NRLW preseason in January.
Former Titans Academy product Tiana Raftstrand-Smith credits the experience to kickstarting her break out season where she represented the victorious Queensland Origin team.
“It was an unreal experience to be part of the first junior Titans squad to play against Newcastle at the start of the year. Now I am part of the NRLW squad, playing with the best in the game and representing my home town.”
Academy squads will be selected by coaching staff from local club and school teams throughout the season.