Wigan Warriors Women are delighted to confirm the signing of utility back Taylor White from the USA.
White joins the Club after making the move from Memphis, Tennessee and will be available for selection ahead of this weekend’s Betfred Women’s Super League opener.
The 27-year old went to Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, where she fell in love with the sport of Rugby. White has had experience playing 7s with Memphis Women and Phoenix, 9s with Roots Rugby, Rugby League and Rugby Union and brings over a real passion for the sport.
With experience at full back, wing, half back and scrum half, the American brings over versatility and will slot in where needed within the Women’s squad.
In Memphis, Taylor Captained the Women’s 7s and was also captain of Memphis Flamingos Rugby Union. She also made her debut on the International stage earlier this year, featuring off the interchange bench as USA Redtails faced Canadian Ravens in their inaugural International Test match.
Also a mentor and coach with Memphis Inner City Rugby, the USA International arrives with a leadership quality that could see her thrive with the Warriors.
White arrived at Robin Park Arena on Thursday afternoon where she was given a tour of the facility, met with Executive Director Kris Radlinski and her new sponsor The Carroll Family, the Men’s first team, as well as her new team mates ahead of her first training session in the UK.
Speaking on her arrival, Women’s Head Coach Kris Ratcliffe said: “Taylor got in touch because she has fallen in love with Rugby League having had a small taste of the sport in the USA. She wants to be the best player she can be and she contacted us because she wanted a shot at playing for the most famous Rugby League Club in the World.
“She has made huge sacrifices leaving her family for a period of time and moving thousands of miles away. She’s proven already that she has the desire and heart to be a Warrior, she’s an athlete and will give it everything she’s got to be a great Rugby player. I’m excited about seeing her progress, she will be made very welcome, will undoubtedly enjoy her time with us and writes a new chapter in the history of our Club and the Women’s game.”
After arriving at Robin Park Arena this afternoon, White said: “I am super excited to become a part of the Wigan family; it already feels like home. I believe that this is where I am meant to be and I’m looking forward to an awesome season ahead.”