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It’s been an exciting few days for Wests Tigers fans after the club announced Ryan Powell will be joining star recruits Kezie Apps and Jess Sergis in the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership side for 2022.

Powell brings to the club a wealth of coaching experience having coached at Helensburgh Tigers, Apps and Sergis’ previous club, for over six years.

For his first four years, Powell coached the Helensburgh men’s first grade side before coaching the women’s senior team for the past two seasons.

While at the helm, Powell led Helensburgh to a top four position this year before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 situation in Sydney. The Tigers finished with a record of seven wins and four losses.

“I’m really excited for the new opportunity with Wests Tigers and I can see the club is heading in a great direction with women’s rugby league,” Powell told

“I want to present the club in its best light to give everyone the opportunity to get an NRLW team, because that’s my goal, to reach that.”

The Tigers squad has also been bolstered after international fullback and club captain Botille Vette-Welsh re-signed with the club.

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