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The 2023 NRL women's Grand Final is here. The Newcastle Knights will face the Gold Coast Titans at Sydney's Accor Stadium, with kickoff at 3:55pm AEDT.
2023 nrl women's final

The 2023 NRL women’s Grand Final is here. The Newcastle Knights will face the Gold Coast Titans at Sydney’s Accor Stadium, with kickoff at 3:55pm AEDT.

It’s set to be the hottest Grand Final in the NRLW’s history, with temperatures set to reach 35°.

Here’s your guide to the game.

Knights

The Knights are looking to go back-to-back with another premiership title, after winning the 2022 title against Parramatta.

They’ve had a fantastic season, topping the competition and coming off an eight-run winning streak.

The last time these two teams met, the Knights beat the Titans 22-10.

Key players

Hannah Southwell

The Knights’ captain has represented Australia in three sports. She’ll be focused on getting her team over the line on Sunday.

Tamika Upton

The best player in the competition, taking home the Player of the Year award this week. This will be Upton’s fourth Grand Final.

Yasmin Clydesdale

The second-rower was named in the NRLW Dally M Team of the Year, a testament to her strong form this season. She’ll lead from the front and be hard to stop.

Titans

This is the first time a Gold Coast team has made an appearance at an NRL Grand Final. It’s also the first time a female coach has steered a team to an NRL women’s Grand Final.

In 2022, the Titans finished at the bottom of the competition. They’ve come a long way in 12 months. While they haven’t had the smoothest road to the Grand Final, a number of close wins this season showed this team can turn around a game in the dying stages.

Key players

Evania Pelite

The X-factor for the Titans. She was part of the gold-medal Sevens squad at the 2016 Olympics and could take the Titans to the top too.

Georgia Hale

If the Titans win, it’ll be because of Hale’s defence. With over 450 tackles for the season and nearly 100% accuracy, Hale has been a star in defence all season.

Lauren Brown

Brown didn’t start the year as her team’s halfback, but her team hasn’t lost since she made the move.

How to watch

The game will be broadcast on Nine. It can also be streamed via 9Now.

The game begins at 3:55pm. There will be a variety of entertainment after the game, to open for the Men’s NRL Grand Final later tonight.

If you’re not in Australia, you can watch the game on ‘WatchNRL‘.

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