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NRLW Squad Update: Two debutants included

nib Newcastle Knights NRLW Head Coach Ronald Griffiths has reduced his squad ahead of our Round 5 clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons tomorrow at Central Coast Stadium.

Two new players will join the NRLW honour roll with Kayla Romaniuk and Jessica Gentle named in the run-on side to make their NRLW debuts against the Dragons.

Continually showcasing dedication and commitment, the pair were upgraded from development deals to the Top 24, with Hannah Southwell (knee) and Autumn-Rain Stephens Daly (knee) suffering season ending injuries.

Romaniuk, a Kurri-Kurri Bulldogs junior and middle forward, has been named at lock.

Speedster Jessica Gentle will line-up on the wing while the 26-year-old also recently took home the Country Women's player of the year award playing for the Central Coast Roosters at the NSWRL Brad Fittler Medal awards night.

In other team news, Tamika Upton comes out of the team with Shanice Parker moving to fullback while Bobbi Law returns from injury to line-up in the centres.

The rest of the team is unchanged with Kyra Simon and Tamsin Barber remaining on the extended bench.

See the team below:


3. Shanice Parker - Hunter Imaging

4. Emmanita Paki - Hunter City Motor Group

22. Bobbi Law - Allara Learning

5. Kiana Takairangi - NBN News

20. Jessica Gentle - Taylor's Outdoor Power Equipment

6. Kirra Dibb - Sydney Direct Fresh Produce

7. Jesse Southwell - Guardian Safety Solutions

8. Caitlan Johnston - M&J Chickens

9. Olivia Higgins - Century 21 Novocastrian

10. Millie Boyle (C) - Brydens Lawyers

11. Romy Teitzel - Greg Tapp Printing

12. Yasmin Clydsdale - East Coast Building & Pest Services

16. Kayla Romaniuk - A Plus Contracting


13. Simone Karpani - PalmerBet

14. Emma Manzelmann - The Wests Group

15. Tayla Predebon - Accolade Wines

17. Makenzie Weale - Triple M

Extended Bench:

19. Kyra Simon

21. Tamsin Barber