Normanton Knights Ladies duo selected in England squad for Women’s Rugby League World Cup

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Two Normanton Knights Ladies players have been included in England’s 24-strong squad for the forthcoming Women’s Rugby League World Cup.

Lindsay Anfield and Lori Holloran have both been named in head coach Chris Chapman’s squad for the competition, which kicks-off in July.

The pair will join a squad featuring nine players from Thatto Heath, six from Featherstone, five from Bradford and sole representatives from Cross Fields and Coventry.

They will be charged with taking on the likes of Australia, France and three-time Women’s World Cup winners New Zealand if they are to lift the trophy on home soil.

And Chapman believes his squad has what it takes to reach the top this summer.

“We’ve had the squad training together since the start of the year and we’ve had some really good, tough sessions,” said Chapman.

“There are a lot of good players who have missed out on selection for the competition but I feel the group that we have selected have a good blend of experience and youth and have the skills to succeed if they apply themselves and work hard for each other.

“New Zealand will be confident of retaining their title and Australia will be coming here confident as well but we’re on home soil and we’ll be going out there to make an impact and hopefully we will be celebrating on July 14.”

England squad: Lindsay Anfield (Normanton), Dani Bound (Thatto Heath), Katie Cooper-Birkenhead (Featherstone), Jodie Cunningham (Thatto Heath), Andrea Dobson (Featherstone), Kim Field (Featherstone), Lois Forsell (Bradford), Holly Freestone (Thatto Heath), Natalie Gilmour (Featherstone), Claire Hall (Thatto Heath), Amy Hardcastle (Bradford), Lori Holloran (Normanton), Clare McGinnis (Thatto Heath), Kirsty Moroney (Bradford), Holly Myers (Coventry/Southamton), Emily Rudge (Thatto Heath), Emma Slowe (Featherstone), Lauren Stallwood (Bradford), Tara Stanley (Cross fields), Beth Sutcliffe (Thatto Heath), Danielle Titterington (Featherstone), Rachel Twibill (Bradford), Gemma Walsh (Thatto Heath), Jenny Welsby (Thatto Heath).

The Women’s Rugby League World Cup which kicks-off in July and culminates with the Women’s World Cup final at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, on Sunday July 14.

The Festival of World Cups Finals Day is the culmination of two weeks of international rugby league in July and it promises to offer three exciting matches to bring the Festival to a crescendo.

The Police, Women’s and Student Rugby League World Cup finals will take place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, on Sunday, July 14.

England, Scotland will be going for glory on home turf in the women’s and student finals while Great Britain will challenge in the Armed Forces tournament.

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