High-profile Newcastle Knights signings Millie Boyle and Tamika Upton won’t have too long to wait before facing their former club when the 2022 NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership kicks off.
Following the release of the draw on Friday 8 July, the pair will go head-to-head against their old team-mates at the Brisbane Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium in round one.
That eagerly-anticipated clash is scheduled to take place on Sunday 21 August.
And, Boyle is preparing for a fiery reception.
“It is what it is… and this game will always mean something different to everyone,” she told NRL.com.
“I just want to win with my team.
“I’ll just play my footy.
“It’s exciting, I’m excited about playing at Newcastle.
“They’ve been a great club that have been supportive in everything, the move and how I’m going now and the training.
“The level of communication with everyone involved has been terrific.”
With Sydney Roosters stars Hannah Southwell, Yasmin Clydsdale and Olivia Higgins also linking up with Newcastle, the Knights – with Ron Griffiths at the helm – have undergone the competition’s biggest squad overhaul since their debut season ended in March.
The Hunter-based outfit and Gold Coast Titans will be part of a double-header with the men’s sides on 28 August at Cbus Super Stadium, too.
Meanwhile, the jam-packed 2022 NRLW schedule, which will run alongside the final rounds of the NRL Telstra Premiership and finals series, includes primetime Sunday night football, two club double-headers and a stand-alone triple-header at Central Coast Stadium on 18 September.
The Roosters begin their title defence against the Parramatta Eels on Saturday 20 August, before clashing with the Broncos in a semi-final rematch in round two at Redcliffe’s Moreton Daily Stadium.
Although the Tricolours have lost several players, they’ve secured the likes of Sam Bremner, ex-Knight Jayme Fressard, Titans pair Destiny Brill and Shaniah Power, while Chante Temara, younger sister of Zahara, has also signed with the club after a broken hand earlier this year.
St George-Illawarra and Gold Coast, under new coach Karyn Murphy, will open their campaigns at WIN Stadium on 21 August.