The Sydney Roosters are delighted to announce the re-signing of 2021 NRLW Premiership-winning halves Zahara Temara and Raecene McGregor.
Temara, a foundation player of the Club since the NRLW’s inaugural season in 2018, is an experienced campaigner who has represented Queensland, Australia and New Zealand Maori.
The 24-year-old featured in every match of the Roosters’ 2021 campaign, steering the side around the park and kicking an important field goal in the side’s 19-18 win against the Parramatta Eels in the penultimate round of the season to keep the Club’s Finals hopes alive.
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A former recipient of the Club’s NRLW Player of the Year award, Temara, who has been named in Queensland’s squad for the upcoming Women’s State of Origin match, spoke about the pride she feels to be a Rooster.
“I’m so proud to call myself a Rooster and cherish any opportunity I get to wear the Sydney Roosters jersey,” said Temara.
“I love the Club and the people in it and I’m excited to get back into it ahead of the 2022 NRLW season kicking off,” she added.
Three-time NRLW Premiership-winner McGregor, who has been named in the New Zealand Ferns squad ahead of next week’s Women’s International against Tonga, was also pleased to re-commit to the Roosters.
I’m so proud to call myself a Rooster and cherish any opportunity I get to wear the Sydney Roosters jersey.Zahara Temara Sydney Rooster #13
“I really enjoyed my first season with the Roosters and I feel like I’ve found a home here,” said McGregor.
“I love playing with Zee (Temara) and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with her in the halves. There’s still a lot of improvement in our combination, and from Strangey (NRLW Head Coach John Strange) and all the staff and players, we’re all on the same page and looking forward to our pre-season kicking off next month,” she added.
McGregor, also 24 years-old, was a member of the Brisbane Broncos’ 2019 and 2020 Premiership-winning sides and is the first player to win NRLW Premierships with two different clubs. She featured in every match of the Roosters historic 2021 campaign, with her experience and sharp kicking game pivotal to the team’s success.
The Roosters will continue to provide updates on its 2022 NRLW roster over the coming weeks, with the squad due to assemble for the start of pre-season in mid-July.