Bulldogs in NRLW in ‘25

BULLDOGS fans have plenty to celebrate after the club was accepted into the National Women’s Rugby League (NRLW) competition next year.

Over the past two years, the Bulldogs have invested substantially in their female Academy programs, organising and delivering a series of development initiatives to ensure that our Club is NRLW-entry ready.
Their Tarsha Gale Cup and Lisa Fiaola Cup have been powerhouses in their respective competitions this year and have proven the Bulldogs women are more than ready to take on the competition.
“The Bulldogs is a proud Club with a rich history steeped in community bonds, eight Premiership titles and a commitment to unity through rugby league,” CEO Aaron Warburton said.
“In 2025, not only will we celebrate 90 years of this proud club but we will celebrate our inaugural NRLW team. This is a momentous occasion for our Club and something we couldn’t be prouder to have achieved.”
While the legacy for women in the blue and white is just getting started, the formal announcement by the NRL and (Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) marked a significant milestone in what promises to be a bright future for the Bulldogs who now offer a complete pathway from local junior league and satellite clinics, through to the NRLW in 2025.
Over the coming weeks, the Bulldogs will work to formalise their NRLW plans for the future, remaining ever steadfast in their commitment to the growth and success of the women’s game.
General Manager of Football, Phil Gould, said the club and people involved had worked extremely hard to get to this position and “it is very rewarding to see the Bulldogs contributing to the growth of the women’s game at all levels”.
“This announcement rewards the efforts of all of our staff and female pathways players, who now like their idols in the men’s game, have a complete pathway to play at the most elite level,” he said.
“This is a wonderful achievement and something our blue-and-white faithful should be extremely excited about.”