Hardworking winger Madison Bartlett courageously battled back from a wretched run with injury to
make her Test and NRLW debuts in 2019.
Hailing from Wairoa, Bartlett is a sporting all-rounder – representing North Harbour in Sevens Rugby
and basketball, as well as playing for New Zealand in tough rugby and tag at international level –
who began playing rugby league in 2016.
But a succession of shoulder dislocations, followed by surgery on both shoulders in 2018, halted her
Bartlett returned to the field in 2019, however, featuring in Richmond Roses’ loss in the Auckland
club grand final before winning Kiwi Ferns selection on the flank for the mid-season clash with Fetu
Samoa. She scored a second-half try and racked up two line-breaks, a try-assist and 82 running
metres in a 46-8 win.
The 24-year-old played two matches of the Warriors’ 2019 NRLW campaign, debuting in the 16-12
Round 1 win over the Roosters and scoring a try in the 10-8 upset of the Broncos in Round 3.
Bartlett was subsequently selected in New Zealand’s World Cup Nines squad and played in the
classic final victory over Australia.
One of the few New Zealand-based players to venture to Australia for the 2020 NRLW Premiership, Bartlett played all three of the Warriors’ game on the wing and bagged a try in an impressive display as they toppled the Dragons. Bartlett was one of four NRLW players named in the Kiwi Ferns’ wider squad but she did not play in the match against Fetu Samoa.