Wales Women will return to action this Autumn against England at Headingley Stadium, home of Leeds Rhinos on Saturday 4 November – part of an international double header also featuring the third test match of the England Men’s series against Tonga.
After Wales beat England Lions – a side selected from players outside of the top level of Super League – back in 2019, the annual fixture against the full England team was set-up.
This year’s game will be the third such full international between the two nations, the home ground alternating between England and Wales, with matches having been played at Warrington and Cross Keys so far.
Both matches ended in England wins, but with a vastly improved performance from Wales in the second and with Cardiff Demons making strides this season, having already beaten two Super League sides in the Challenge Cup to reach the quarter finals, the Welsh will certainly be aiming not to make up the numbers in Leeds.
Wales Head Coach, Thomas Brindle said: “We’re really looking forward to the challenge, this will be the third time we have taken on England and another chance to showcase the significant development of Rugby League in Wales since our first fixture back in 2021.
“We are an ambitious team and challenging ourselves is a key part of the development process, and playing against one of the best teams in the world is a vital step on our journey. Headingley is a fantastic stadium, and we’re grateful to England Rugby League and RL Commercial for asking us to compete again, as it allows us to inspire more Rugby League participation across Wales and continue the rise of international Rugby League.”
England played two matches at Headingley during last autumn’s World Cups, attracting a record crowd for their opening fixture against Brazil before returning to beat Papua New Guinea and secure their semi-final place.
And having successfully returned to action with a 64-0 defeat of France at Warrington in April, head coach Stuart Barrow’s squad will now face a Wales team who have made rapid strides over the last two years.
Barrow, said: “I am really pleased that we can confirm a fixture against Wales in November. It will give the squad another opportunity to get on the pitch and represent their country in front of a home crowd.
“It’s important that we have regular international fixtures so that the squad can continue to challenge themselves and it also means that any player not currently in the England set-up knows that there is a game they can aspire to be part of.
“Cardiff Demons are a fantastic example of how successful Rugby League can be in Wales and I think it is important that as a nation, we continue to support this by arranging international fixtures so that they have the opportunity test themselves as a team.”
Tickets for the Headingley double-header, and for the first two Tests of the England Men versus Tonga series, are on sale now at eticketing.co.uk/rugbyleague from £25 Adults and £12.50 Under 16s. Those looking to book 10 tickets or more can save 30% on single matches, with prices from £17.50 for Adults and £8.75 for under 16s – available now via the Groups Sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0844 856 1115.