Wales Rugby League are looking for players for their first ever girls’ U16 and U18 international sides, and will hold a taster session at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence in Ystrad Mynach on Friday January 14 at 7pm.
To apply, please fill the form in below and contact Louise Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07446166201.
Successful trialists could play in the world’s first ever girls international rugby league match on a date to be announced.
The sessions are being run in association with Coleg y Cymoedd, with places for girls available in the National Development Academy from September.
The Welsh women’s open-age rugby league set-up launched in 2019 with club and regional sides, before two international matches. Then in 2021, following the year off due to Covid-19, a new Super League South side, Cardiff Demons, was formed, and they won the competition in its inaugural year. Wales Women also played their first ranked international matches.
Molly Reardon from Merthyr Tydfil, was player of the match for Cardiff Demons in both the semi-final and final. She was just 17 at the time and won her first Welsh cap just after her 18th birthday. She says: “Feeling good about how my rugby league skills had developed in 2021, and that I had been a part of a success story with the Cardiff Demons, I didn’t think that could be topped. However, I soon discovered it could when I was selected to play for Wales in a senior women’s fixture, played in October 2021 against Ireland. This can be achieved by anyone who has a degree of skill, but more importantly through hard work and commitment.”
Leanna Maybank was just 17 when she was a reserve player for Wales v Ireland. She says: “I think it’s great that girls are now being given the opportunity to compete at such a high level. You meet the most amazing people during the experience and you better yourself as an individual both on and off the field week in week out. Please sign up and you’ll see this for yourself.”
Applications are now closed. Everyone who submitted a form should receive an email from Louise by Wednesday.