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20 stars for 2022 | Emily Curtain

Emily Curtain is one of New South Wales’ most promising young halves and is just about to make her mark in the NRLW.

Curtain, along with twin sister Sophie, has played Rugby League since Under 8s. She developed in the West Tigers pathways program through the Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup, followed by the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership.

During her 21 games across two seasons in the Tarsha Gale Cup, Curtain amassed 251 points including 24 tries, 77 goals and a field goal, 20 try assists, 24 line breaks, 20 line break assists, eight offloads and eight forced drop outs. She also averaged four tackle busts, 98 run metres, 89.1 kick metres and 14.4 tackles per match.

After building her reputation as an exceptional playmaker in the Junior Representative competition, Curtain was selected in the halves for the NSW Under 18s Women’s Origin team in 2019 – setting up a try as they Blues defeated Queensland 24-4.

Following her success at Under 18s, her club form still didn’t alter once she made the step up the NSW Women’s Premiership, again tallying double digits for tries, try assists, line breaks and line break assists in 27 matches to date.

Now Curtain is preparing for her first season in the recently expanded NRLW, joining newcomers the Parramatta Eels as a marquee signing for 2022. The halfback will play alongside Harvey Norman NSW Sky Blues Simaima Taufa, Tiana Penitani, Botille Vette-Welsh, Kennedy Cherrington and Filomina Hanisi in what is building as a very formidable line-up and a dark horse to win the competition in their inaugural season.

Curtain is truly ready to take her game to a new level in 2022 and she certainly can’t wait to get started.

“I am so excited about playing in the NRLW and so grateful for the opportunity,” Curtain told

“I want to learn new things, progress my game and take the next step.”