Women’s International Match Preview: Wales v Ireland

Women’s International Match Preview: Wales v Ireland

Wales Women host Ireland Women this Sunday 17th October at Stadium Zip World, Colwyn Bay, 2:30pm K.O.

Rugby League Ireland will see it’s Women’s team, formed less than four months ago, head into their inaugural International Test match against Wales. Since July 2021 Head Coach, John Whalley, has gathered a squad of 50-players into the International set-up and has managed to whittle down to 19-players who will travel to Wales on Sunday afternoon.

The opposition

Wales have played three test matches since their inaugural game in 2019. They lost their opening game 30-6 against Team GB Teachers, a side previously Coached by John Whalley. Though just a few weeks later they managed victory over the England Community Lions in a close 24-20 fixture.

Most recently Wales faced England at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in June 2021 where they were handed a 60-0 defeat.

Rugby League Ireland

For the Ireland team, this will be their first taste of International Rugby League. The 19-players named by Whalley comprise of players from the Irish Championship, Betfred Women’s Super League & Super League South (UK), Betfred Women’s Championship (UK).


Wales Women’s squad

Leanne Burnell (Cardiff Blue Dragons/Cardiff Demons), Rebecca Davies (Warrington Wolves), Seren Gough-Walters (Cardiff Blue Dragons/Cardiff Demons), Emily Hughes (London Broncos), Ffion Jenkins (Bridgend Blue Bulls/Cardiff Demons), Ffion Jones (Bridgend Blue Bulls/Cardiff Demons), Sara Jones (Bridgend Blue Bulls/Cardiff Demons), Bryonie King (Rhondda Outlaws/Cardiff Demons), Ffion Lewis (Rhondda Outlaws/Cardiff Demons), Carys Marsh (Wigan Warriors), Leanna Maybank (Rhondda Outlaws/Cardiff Demons), Keira McCosh (Warrington Wolves), Joeann McGuire (Rhondda Outlaws/Cardiff Demons), Eleri Michael (Bridgend Blue Bulls/Cardiff Demons), Charlie Mundy (Cardiff Blue Dragons/Cardiff Demons), Lowri Norkett (Rhondda Outlaws/Cardiff Demons), Molly Reardon (Rhondda Outlaws/Cardiff Demons), Kathryn Salter (London Broncos), Rafiuke Taylor (Cardiff Blue Dragons/Cardiff Demons).

Ireland Women’s squad

Philippa Birchall (St Helens), Steph Carroll (Dublin City Exiles), Storm Cobain (Bedford Tigers), Erin Coll (Dublin City Exiles), Francessca Copley (Featherstone Rovers), Paige Costello (Wigan Warriors), Roisin Crowe (Dublin City Exiles), Clodagh Dunne (Dublin City Exiles), Stacey Greenwood (Wigan Warriors), Stacy Hanley (Galway Tribeswomen), Bethany Lambert (York City Knights), Ray Lawless (Dublin City Exiles), Sarah Lovejoy (Leigh Miners Rangers), Iona McCusker (London Broncos), Alex McGuinness (Dublin City Exiles), Amy O’Neill (Dublin City Exiles), Syphonia Pua (Dublin City Exiles), Mairead Quinn (Leigh Miners Rangers), Aimee Wood (Wigan Warriors).


Tickets are available online – https://shop.northwalescrusaders.com/product/wales-v-ireland-womens-international/

Tickets are priced at £5 per Adult, U16s for FREE.

Watch Live

Can’t make the game? You can watch live and free on OuRLeague from 2:30pm with commentary from Dave Parkinson. If you haven’t already, simply download the OuRLeague app from your relevant App Store, create a free account and on the day the live stream will be available.

How to Follow

Full updates will be available on Social Media throughout the day including pre-match build up, half-time and full-time updates, match report and reaction from Head Coach John Whalley and a player. Find us on social media on the profiles below:

Instagram @rugbyleagueireland
Twitter @Irelandrl
Facebook @RugbyLeagueIreland

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1 Comment

  1. Jim Reynolds

    The very best of Irish luck to this pioneering team of Irish women – half of you only took up our great sport during the summer and to be now putting on the green shirt for Ireland is just the thing dreams are made of☘️
    Enjoy everything about the experience, the build up, the game, and the afters – you have made your family proud, your country proud, but most of all…….be proud of yourself!
    Cailín an-mhaith déanta ☘️☘️🏉🏉🏉☘️☘️

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