Eight Tigresses Named In England Squad
Posted: Tuesday 29th October 2019 - 5:44 PM
Castleford Tigers have eight representatives in the England Women’s squad.
Grace Field, Kelsey Gentles, Shona Hoyle, Rhiannion Marshall, Sinead Peach, Tamzin Renouf, Georgia Roche and Tara Stanley will all travel to Papua New Guinea ahead of a historic tour.
England will take on PNG Orchids in Goroka on Saturday 9th November before a second test in Port Moresby seven days later on Saturday 16th.
That second test is being billed as a precursor to the Great Britain Lions’ final game which also takes place in the PNG capital.
Castleford head coach Lindsay Anfield believes this is going to be a great experience for her players saying: “It’s brilliant to see eight of our players named in the England squad for the historic tour of PNG.
“What’s more pleasing, from a Castleford perspective, is the fact that five of those eight players didn’t represent England before joining Cas.
“I hope the girls enjoy the experience and represent Castleford in the best possible way whilst on international duty.”
While Tara Stanley, Shona Hoyle and Rhiannion Marshall already have plenty of international experience, the remaining five players are recent newcomers to the youth-focused England squad assembled by Craig Richards.
The likes of Georgia Roche, Sinead Peach and Kelsey Gentles recently took part in their first major international tour as they competed in the Rugby League 9s World Cup.
However, for Tamzin Renouf and Grace Field, this will be their first major test.
Field, who has enjoyed a stellar season with Castleford and even picked up the Supporters Player of the Year award, reflected on her selection saying: “It’s an exciting prospect potentially making my England debut in Papua New Guinea. I’m really looking forward to the experience.”
Meanwhile, speaking to rugby-league.com England head coach Craig Richards said: “"We came up against the Orchids in the Downer World Cup Nines and they were extremely physical and promoted the ball well, so we know to expect two tough games.
"It's brilliant that we've been given the chance to compete in the Nines and now have the opportunity to travel to Brisbane and Papua New Guinea as part of this ground-breaking tour. Regular high-quality international fixtures will only help the girls develop as we continue on the road to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup."
- Grace Field (Greywood Hall and Wheatsheaf)
- Kelsey Gentles (Atkinsons Fencing and Decking Specialists & Castle Commercial Cleaning Services)
- Shona Hoyle (Tracy and Mark Channell-Napier)
- Rhiannion Marshall (Marra Falcons and Castle Commercial Cleaning Services)
- Sinead Peach (PlayFair Garage and Riverside Signs & Designs)
- Tamzin Renouf (Anthony Higgins Transport)
- Georgia Roche (Reactive Installations, MetLife Insurance, Tracked Spider Solutions)
- Tara Stanley (Moran Personal Training and Phoenix Mechanical Engineering)
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