- Wigan Warriors Women’s Carys Marsh called up for Wales train-on squad to face England.
- The Warriors hooker could earn her first cap if selected for the fixture.
- England take on Wales in a historic double-header, with the Women’s match curtain raising the men’s fixture.
Wigan Warriors Women’s hooker Carys Marsh has been named in a Wales 36-player train-on squad as they prepare to face England in a test match on June 25th (6pm K.O.).
The match is part of a historic double-header, with England Women playing before the England men for the first time. England men take on the Combined Nations All Stars following the Women’s game at 8:15pm.
Wales Women played their first ever fixture back in 2019 as they were defeated by Team GB Teachers. The 36-player squad includes 15 new players from the inaugural squad selection.
Marsh, who debuted for Wigan against her former side St Helens in the 2019 Women’s Super League, made 12 appearances and scored one try for the Warriors that season. The hooker joins fellow Betfred Women’s Super League player, Keira McCosh of Warrington Wolves, for their first call-ups respectively.
Speaking on the announcement, Marsh said: “I just love playing rugby, so I’m really excited to get the chance of extra training and games within an international environment, as well as being part of the growth of Women’s Rugby League in Wales.
“Kris (Ratcliffe) spoke to me last week and we discovered that I would qualify to play for Wales as my mum is from Wales.”
If selected for the fixture, Marsh could also face up against some of her current and former team mates who will pull on the England shirt. Speaking on the possibility, she added: “I think that most of the girls in Women’s rugby at the minute are used to playing against former team mates. During the Warrington game at the weekend I came up against a lot of players who I have played with at some point in the last 12 years.
“My first game for Wigan was against my former club St Helens. So if I was lucky enough to be picked to play in the game against England, I’m sure I’ll come head-to-head with a lot of familiar faces, which will be strange but something we’re all used to.”
England take on Wales at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on June 25th 2021, 6pm K.O. with tickets available to buy at https://www.eticketing.co.uk./rugbyleague/
Wales training squad: Lianne Fletcher (Aber Valley Wolves), Ffion Jones, Sara Jones, Laura Keeble, Eleri Michael (all of Bridgend Blue Bulls), Vicky Lea, Jess McAuley (both of British Army), Lauren Aitken, Leanne Burnell, Harriet Cooksey, Danyelle Dinapoli, Seren Gough-Walters, Emily Hughes, Savannah Ledsam, Rebecca Llewellyn Ennis, Sian Moore, Charlie Mundy, Amberley Ruck, Kathryn Salter, Rafiuke Taylor (all of Cardiff Blue Dragons), Rebecca Davies (Flintshire Falcons), Angharad McCormack (London Broncos), Anne Marie Sayle, Charlotte Williams (both of RAF), Karla Benjamin, Shaunni Davies, Ffion Lewis, Zoe Lewis, Joeann McGuire, Claudia Meyrick, Lowri Norkett, Ffion Owen, Sara Prosser, Stacey Wright (all of Rhondda Outlaws), Keira McCosh (Warrington Wolves), Carys Marsh (Wigan Warriors).