Wales Rugby League will field their first-ever girls regional representative U16s side this Saturday when Cardiff Demons travel to Yorkshire to take on Dewsbury Moor (kick-off noon).
Over the last few months, a dedicated squad have been in training and as Louise Morgan, the head of women’s rugby league in Wales explains, can’t wait for the trip.
“This is a very historic moment for us,” Morgan says. “Women’s Rugby League in Wales is on a high right now with Wales winning the European Championship B North trophy last week, the Cardiff Demons open-age side have taken the Super League South trophy two years in a row, plus Glantaf won the year 9 national girls Champion Schools final this year.
“We’ve other sides forming too, we had a meeting with one of our community clubs this week who are starting a junior girls side, plus we’ve also had interest in other parts of Wales.
“This Saturday isn’t about whether we win or lose, although all girls will obviously be giving their all. It’s about taking to the field and playing that first match. We’d like to thank Dewsbury Moor for hosting us and we look forward to reciprocating when the time is right.”
Cardiff Demons U16 squad (from): Isobel Baldwin-Pritchard, Pierra Bollard, Niamh Corcoran-Lockley, Ffion Cort, Grace Daly, Erin Griffiths, Crystal James, Amelia Jones, Annalise Jones, Tia Jones, Rose Lewis, Priya Liley, Lola Mitchell, Kacey Morkot, Grace Rees, Morgen Rees, Missy Rowlands, Emily Steele, Freya Tanhai, Summer Thomas.