Marsh: Taken confidence

  • Carys Marsh discusses her development following her second season with the Warriors.
  • Marsh: “I have taken confidence from representing Wales, coming from playing at that level but also from the extra training and game time that I’ve had.”
  • Wales international recently made her second appearance for her country.

Carys Marsh discusses her personal development since joining the Warriors in 2019, how she has ‘taken confidence’ from representing Wales and how she’ll spend the off-season.

Marsh, who signed for Wigan from St Helens in 2019, said: “Although the end of the season was disappointing for all of us, overall I’m happy with some of the improvements I’ve made. This has come from consistent game time in 2019 and throughout this season which I never take for granted.

“I think the whole team can look forward to more improvements next season with hopefully more continuous runs of games, something which the league has struggled with this year due to Covid.”

Carys Marsh running in a try against Castleford Tigers at the Robin Park Arena in September 2021.

The Warriors hooker was called-up to the Wales train-on squad for the first time in April 2021, and has since made two appearances in a loss to England and a recent narrow defeat to Ireland. Speaking on her time on international duty, she said: “I have taken confidence from representing Wales, coming from playing at that level but also from the extra training and game time that I’ve had, which has been invaluable in a season that’s been very stop-start.

“I’m also very proud to be part of the growth of rugby league in Wales and can’t wait to see how it will develop there next year as the Betfred Super League South becomes more established.”

With Wales, Marsh plays alongside players who are also capped for Wales RU and reflected on the opportunities that have arisen since being selected for the National side: “The chance to play with and against some of the best Rugby League players has taught me a lot. I’ve absolutely loved the environment at Wales, it’s a very constructive set up which has allowed me to develop my knowledge and understanding. The coaches there have also instilled some confidence in me which I can add to my game.”

Carys Marsh on international duty against Ireland last weekend.

The Warriors Women are currently in their off-season before they prepare for the 2022 campaign. Speaking about her time off, Marsh said: “In the off season I’ll use the time to keep up with my training off the field. I’ve made some big improvements in my fitness and strength in the past year but it’s come from sticking at the training for many years now so I’m not prepared to let that go to waste! Hopefully this will give me a good platform to start next season from.”

The Warriors number 9 will be having some time to herself though, she explains: “In my quantity surveying career I’m looking to gain chartership in the next year so the off-season will give me some more time to prepare for that. I also love crochet which I learnt to do in lockdown so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into some new projects over the winter!”

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