Sophie secures deal to help fund RL career

Sohpie Gaskell of Rainhill in her England rugby top.

Sohpie Gaskell of Rainhill in her England rugby top.

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SEVENTEEN-year-old student Sophie Gaskell has secured a sponsorship deal to help fund her burgeoning international rugby league career.

The Sutton Academy pupil won her second cap for the England Students Ladies XIII, helping the national side to a 34-12 win over their German counterparts in Mannheim,

She is now sponsored by Mike Haycock’s St Helens firm Curtain Wizard North West after her story appeared in the St Helens Reporter three weeks ago.

The next game for the England team is against the Combined Services on August 20.

Since returning, Sophie, who is from Rainhill, has played for her home team, Leigh East, in their win against Wigan St Pats by 34-12 in the first round of the Championship play-offs.