The Brisbane Broncos have further bolstered their NRLW squad with the addition of two representative quality players.
Backrower Roxy Murdoch joins the Broncos after a strong stint in the UK playing for the Warrington Wolves for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
The powerful runner and defender was selected in the 2021 NZ Maori All Stars team and was due to link with the Sydney Roosters in this year’s NRLW coemption before the competition was delayed.
Murdoch has now relocated to Queensland with her husband Ben and daughter Acacia-Rose, and will join the Broncos squad for next season.
Broncos NRLW Coach Kelvin Wright said: “Roxy is a skilful backrower who is going to be a fantastic asset to our team and club. We’d like to thank the Sydney Roosters for their co-operation throughout the transfer process.”
Also joining the Broncos NRLW squad will be quality outside back Hagiga Mosby, a former Australian Rugby Sevens and Queensland Junior Touch Football representative.
“Hagiga (Haj) is a very talented and exciting outside back,” said Wright. “ Haj will come to Brisbane and join the squad in early January, where she will also continue her Bachelor of Education. In the meantime Haj is with her family on Thursday Island, where she is preparing for a great season and year ahead.”
The addition of Murdoch and Mosby takes the Broncos NRLW squad to 22 players for the season which kicks off on Sunday, February 27, in a Grand Final rematch against the Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.
The Broncos squad also features Ali Brigginshaw, Millie Boyle, Tamika Upton, Tarryn Aiken, Amber Hall, Chelsea Lenarduzzi, Julia Robinson, Tallisha Harden, Lauren Brown, Shenae Ciesiolka, Lavinia Gould, Amy Turner, Sara Sautia, Toni Hunt, Lesa Kaleti Mataafa, Hayley Maddick, Emily Bass, Jada Ferguson, Nakita Sao and Kaitlyn Phillips.
The Broncos have been working hard individually and will begin their team preparations when the squad assembles on January 10 to start training at Red Hill.
Wright said, “Obviously we’ve retained a core group from previous years but we’re lucky to have the addition of some really exciting players which is going to make a strong squad for the new season.”
The Broncos have also locked in two Development Players for the coming season – Queensland Country U17 Captain Jayde Herdegen and Queensland City U17 representative Jacinta Carter.