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NRLW Casualty Ward: Shoulder surgery for Taylor; Cowboys wing set to miss 2024

Sharks fullback Jada Taylor is facing a six-month rehab period following shoulder surgery in November to fix an injury suffered during the 2023 NRLW season. 

The 20-year-old flyer was injured in Round 7 against the Broncos but was able to delay her surgery until the off-season and had a Latarjet Procedure in November to stablise her shoulder.

She is expected to be back fit for the start of the 2024 pre-season, along with forward Rhiannon Byers who has recovered from a wrist injury picked up last season. 

Cowboys winger Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly meanwhile is expected to miss the 2024 NRLW season as she recovers from a torn ACL, while Titans playmaker Taliah Fuimaono and Roosters forward Amber Hall are tracking to return for pre-season training. 

After both picking up ankle injuries in the opening round of last season, Fuimaono and Hall didn't play beyond Round 1, although Fuimaono returned to be part of the wider squad during the Titans' run to the 2023 grand final. 

Fuimaono has completed her surgery, while Hall will require a subsequent surgery to remove screws and a plate in January, with both expected to be back on deck when pre-season begins. 

The news is less positive in North Queensland however, with coach Ben Jeffries confirming the ACL injury Stephens-Daly suffered in August will likely mean she plays no part in the upcoming campaign. Maroons forward Shaniah Power will be good to go after missing the back end of NRLW season with a foot problem though. 

Shaniah Power didn't play beyond Round 6 in 2023 after being injured while playing against the Sharks.
Shaniah Power didn't play beyond Round 6 in 2023 after being injured while playing against the Sharks. ©NRL Photos

Back at the Roosters hooker Shawden Burton won't resume contact training until June, which will leave her racing the clock to take the field in Round 1, while Aliyah Nasio (arm) and Shannon Rose (finger) will both be able to play from early next year. 

Raiders prop Hollie-Mae Dodd had surgery in September after suffering an ACL injury in Round 8 of the NRLW and is on track to return for pre-season training.

Fellow Canberra forwards Simaima Taufa and Sophie Holyman have now undergone shoulder surgery and are also expected back for pre-season training.

At the Eels star prop Elsie Albert continues to battle calf injuries, with the latest setback seeing her miss Papua New Guinea's game during the Pacific Championships. 

Titans wing Emily Bass is recovering well following off-season shoulder surgery and is on track to be available for the return to action in 2024, while her fellow Gold Coast back Destiny Mino-Sinapati has recovered from the facial injury she picked up while playing for Samoa in Papua New Guinea. 

After suffering a dislocated ankle while representing the Kiwi Ferns against Mate Ma'a Tonga in October, Amelia Pasikala, who played with the Roosters in 2023, was scheduled for surgery in early November and will be sidelined for 8-12 weeks.

Dragons trio Alexis Tauaneai (knee), Sara Sautia (ankle), Bobbi Law (hamstring) are all on track to be available for the return to pre-season training. 

Taufa sent off

Your club's NRLW Casualty Ward

Broncos | Raiders | Sharks

Titans | Knights | Cowboys

Eels | Dragons | Roosters | Wests Tigers

Brisbane Broncos


Canberra Raiders

  • Hollie-Mae Dodd (ACL, pre-season)
  • Simaima Taufa (shoulder, pre-season)
  • Sophie Holyman (shoulder, pre-season)

Cronulla Sharks

  • Rhiannon Byers (wrist, pre-season)
  • Jada Taylor (shoulder, pre-season)

Gold Coast Titans

  • Destiny Mino-Sinapati (facial fracture, pre-season)
  • Taliah Fuimaono (ankle, pre-season)
  • Emily Bass (shoulder, pre-season)

Newcastle Knights

  • Viena Tinao (foot, next season)
  • Simone Karpani (foot, next season)
  • Jules Kirkpatrick (ACL, next season)

North Queensland Cowboys

  • Jasmine Peters (ankle, pre-season)
  • Libby Surha (shoulder, pre-season)
  • Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly (knee, 2025 NRLW season)
  • Shaniah Power (foot, pre-season)
  • Lillian Yarrow (knee, pre-season)

Parramatta Eels

  • Elsie Albert (calf, pre-season)
  • Kelsey Clark (ACL, next season)

St George Illawarra Dragons

  • Alexis Tauaneai (knee, pre-season)
  • Sara Sautia (ankle, pre-season)
  • Bobbi Law (hamstring, pre-season)

Sydney Roosters

  • Amelia Pasikala (ankle, pre-season)
  • Amber Hall (ankle, pre-season)
  • Tavarna Papalii (ACL, pre-season)
  • Shawden Burton (ACL, Round 1)
  • Aliyah Nasio (arm, pre-season)

Wests Tigers

  • Sarah Togatuki (leg, pre-season)
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