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St George Illawarra are proud to announce that Westfund Health Insurance have strengthened their ties to the club by becoming a partner of the Dragons' inaugural Women's Premiership team for at least the next two seasons.

Westfund Health Insurance – who joined the Dragons as an apparel partner on the sternum of the NRL jerseys – have agreed to feature their brand on the sternum on the Women's Premiership jerseys for their maiden campaign.

Westfund is a not-for-profit health fund that has a presence in 12 regional areas across New South Wales and Queensland (including Wollongong), and is accessible nationally.

An Australian-owned and operated fund, Westfund aims to promote health and wellbeing, particularly in regional areas.

As well as extending their partnership to the Dragons' Women's Premiership team, Westfund will supply mouthguards to the 22-woman squad.

(L-R) Anneka Stephens, Oneata Schwalger and Talia Atfield
(L-R) Anneka Stephens, Oneata Schwalger and Talia Atfield

Westfund Executive Manager of Operations Ron Charlton said the private health insurer was pleased to be involved in the Dragons’ maiden foray into women's rugby league.

"As a national health insurer, we're thrilled to be involved in partnering with and promoting rugby league as a sport of prominence," Charlton said.

"To participate in the foundations of the development of women’s rugby league on an international stage is something of which, as an organisation, we are justifiably proud.

“We wish the squad all the very best for the upcoming four-team competition."

Dragons Chief Operating Officer Michael McDonald welcomed Westfund's commitment to the club's NRL Women's Premiership team for the inaugural competition.

"The Dragons' partnership with Westfund Health Insurance has continued to develop positively throughout the 2018 season, and we are delighted that they have chosen to extend this to actively support our Women's Premiership team," McDonald said.

"Our elite women's squad are deep into preparations for September's inaugural NRL Women's Premiership, and to know they have the support of foundation partners such as Westfund is a great boost ahead of the season commencing."