Saints women set for season opener against Bradford

Boosted by the 11-hour signing of Rachael Woosey from Loughborough Lightning Rugby Union club, Saints will be hoping to get their Women's Super League season off to a winning start this weekend.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 8:04 am
Updated Friday, 16th April 2021, 8:08 am
Amy Hardcastle

Woosey, who can play either at full back, on the wing, or centre, grew up in St Helens and has played Rugby Union since she was six-years-old, emerging through the local West Park club's junior development programme.

She will link up with England international Amy Hardcastle who joined St Helens from Bradford Bulls last year but. like all her colleagues, didn't play a single fixture due to the pandemic and is now set to face her old club in round one at Victoria Park, Warrington, on Sunday.

Hardcastle said: ''I don't think you could have made it up that I would be playing my first game for St Helens against my old club.''

In the other fixtures, Warrington’s long-awaited debut fixture in the Betfred Women’s Super League – against their local rivals Wigan Warriors this Sunday at noon – has been selected as the first match to be shown live on Twitch in 2021.

Twitch will stream coverage of one BWSL fixture every weekend in 2021 – and as a bonus, will also cover the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup, starting with the preliminary round fixture on Sunday week (April 25) when Huddersfield will kick off their campaign against Warrington.

All matches covered live on Twitch will be repeated on Our League on Monday night from 8pm.

The opening BWSL fixtures, all of which will be played behind closed doors, also include the champions Leeds Rhinos launching their defence against York City Knights; a derby between Featherstone Rovers and Castleford Tigers, who were the bridesmaids in 2019 with defeats against Leeds in both the BWSL Grand Final and the Challenge Cup Final.