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Women’s rugby league Five uncapped players in England squad

ENGLAND head coach Craig Richards has included five uncapped players in his 19-strong squad for Friday’s inaugural women’s international against Wales at Warrington.

The new faces are Leeds winger Fran Goldthorp, St Helens’ Challenge Cup winning duo Beth Stott and Paige Travis and Castleford pair Emma Lumley and Hollie Dodd, who made history by playing in the 2019 Women’s Challenge Cup final at the age of 16.

Army Sergeant Carrie Roberts could make her first international appearance since 2015 when she crossed for three tries in a two-game series against France.

St Helens forward Emily Rudge is confirmed as captain.

Richards said: “It’s been a tough process to pick the squad as I have been impressed with several players both in training and with their performances in the Women’s Super League.

“I’m delighted to have been able to select a handful of players who could all make their international debuts against Wales and I’m excited to see what some of these players can do on the big stage.

“This is a great opportunity for all of my players to put their best foot forward and show me they want to be in that squad ahead of the Rugby League World Cup later this year.”

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