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The Broncos have unveiled their first signings for the 2020 NRLW season – and they’re seven names very familiar to the Brisbane colours.

Ali Brigginshaw will again captain the team in the third season of NRLW and will be joined in the halves by Raecene McGregor.

Backline stars Tamika Upton, Julia Robinson and Meg Ward have all returned, while powerhouse forwards Millie Boyle and Chelsea Lenarduzzi are back as focal points in the pack.

Broncos NRLW Coach Kelvin Wright said he was  delighted to have his senior players sign on for another year, despite the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s very exciting and we are fortunate that the competition is going ahead this year, and I know all our players and staff are really excited about the competition ahead

Kelvin Wright

“The players have sacrificed a lot, they’re going to be under really tight (COVID) restrictions this season but those are the things we can’t control.

“We just have to make sure we control our training, have a good field session, work hard in the gym and we’ll give ourselves the best chance.”

Although the majority of the Broncos’ core outfit from last season have re-joined the team for 2020, the squad will be without some big names.

“Unfortunately, due to various circumstances we’ve had to make changes,” said Wright. “Amy Turner had a little baby girl not too long ago, Amber Pilley unfortunately hurt her ACL at the start of the year, while Mariah Storch is pregnant at the moment as well.

“We’ve got some great players back but there  has been some changes, and it will mean that we’ll see some fresh faces into the team this year.”

Wright said training had begun this week, with the competition to kick off in early October – and expectations haven’t changed for the NRLW premiership holders.

More signings will be announced in the coming days.

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