York City Knights’ Tara-Jane Stanley named Woman of Steel for 2022

York City Knights’ Tara-Jane Stanley named Woman of Steel for 2022

Stanely fought off competition from five other contenders, including 2021 Woman of Steel Jodie Cunningham to win the award; she is expected to be named in the England squad for this autumn’s Rugby League World Cup

Last Updated: 22/09/22 1:12pm


Tara-Jane Stanley of York City Knights Ladies has been named the best in the competition for 2022.

York City Knights full-back Tara-Jane Stanley has been named Woman of Steel for 2022.

Stanley is the fourth winner of the prestigious award, fighting off competition from her York team-mates Sinead Peach and Hollie Dodd, plus Georgia Roche of Leeds Rhinos and St Helens team-mates Amy Hardcastle and Jodie Cunningham – who was the 2021 Woman of Steel.

Stanley, who is originally from Widnes, excelled as the City Knights clinched their first major trophy in the women’s game, securing the League Leaders’ Shield, as well as reaching the Grand Final in which they lost to Leeds.

“I’m stunned and humbled to have won the award,” she said.

“When you look at the quality of the players in contention, just to be on that shortlist was a big honour.

Highlights of the Women's Super League semi-final match between the York City Knights and the Wigan Warriors

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Highlights of the Women’s Super League semi-final match between the York City Knights and the Wigan Warriors

Highlights of the Women’s Super League semi-final match between the York City Knights and the Wigan Warriors

“As a full-back you don’t get to shine without a big effort by the rest of your team, and although we were disappointed to lose in the Grand Final at the weekend, it was a great achievement for us to finish top of the table.

“I wouldn’t be able to win this award without the performances of Sinead and Hollie, who were also on the shortlist, and everyone else who has contributed.”

Live Betfred Super League

September 24, 2022, 5:00pm

Live on

Stanley is expected to link up in the England squad for this autumn’s World Cup, with coach Craig Richards set to name his squad on Monday.

Woman of Steel, roll of honour

2018 – Georgia Roche (Castleford Tigers)

2019 – Courtney Winfield-Hill (Leeds Rhinos)

2020 – no award (Covid)

2021 – Jodie Cunningham (St Helens)

2022 – Tara-Jane Stanley (York City Knights)

scroll to top