Seven players from Thatto Heath have been named in the 23-strong England squad for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup which takes place in Australia in November and December.
They are Danielle Bound, Emily Rudge, Fay Gaskin, Jenny Welsby, Jodie Cunningham, Rachel Thompson and Tara-Jane Stanley.
Vice-captain Cunningham is one of six recalls to the squad after missing the side’s tour to France earlier this year due to injury.
Head coach Chris Chapman said, “It’s been extremely tough to select a squad of only 23 players to compete in this year’s World Cup as all players have worked hard throughout the season for England and their respective clubs.
“We appreciate it is a big challenge against experienced professional players and it is one we are all looking forward to.*
“It is a task that we believe we can achieve and all the players and staff have been working hard to ensure we are the best prepared team.”
The squad will fly out to Australia on Friday, November 10 and will play three pool games at the Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney against Papua New Guinea Orchids, Australian Jillaroos and The Cook Islands.
All Women’s Rugby League World Cup games are staged as triple-headers and will be played on Thursday, November 16, Sunday November 19 and Wednesday, November 22.