Two Wigan Warriors Women’s players have been named in the England Women’s squad to face Papua New Guinea this Saturday in Goroka, Papua New Guinea (K.O. 4am GMT).
Wigan’s Rebecca Greenfield and Rachel Thompson have been named at 1 and 2 respectively for the historic tie which sees the Orchids play a home international outside of the PNG capital of Port Moresby.
Goroka is the capital of the Eastern Highlands province, best-known in Rugby League as the birthplace of the former Hull and Hull KR favourite Stanley Gene, and the squad were overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome they received on arrival earlier this week, following a training camp in Brisbane.
The second Test will be played at Port Moresby’s Oil Search Stadium next Saturday (November 17), ahead of the men’s Test between Great Britain and the PNG Kumuls – and the RFL hopes to be able to confirm live coverage on Our League next week.
England team – each player listed with England Women RL Heritage Number:
Tara-Jane Stanley (Castleford, 43)
Rebecca Greenfield (Wigan, 71)
Rachel Thompson (Wigan, 69)
Naomi Williams (St Helens, 72)
Kelsey Gentles (Castleford, 79)
Jodie Cunningham (St Helens, 33)
Faye Gaskin (St Helens, 57)
Amy Johnson (Leeds, 76)
Tara Jones (St Helens, 50)
Grace Field (Castleford, 78)
Emily Rudge (St Helens, captain, 27)
Chantelle Crowl (St Helens, 67)
Shannon Lacey (Leeds, 80)
Dannielle Anderson (Leeds, 75)
Tamzin Renouf (Castleford, 81)
Charlotte Booth (Leeds, 49)
Georgia Roche (Castleford, 74)
Sinead Peach (Castleford, 65)