Following the announcement of the 24-player squad ahead of Rugby League Ireland’s inaugural International test match, head coach John Whalley has named his Leadership team for 2021.
35-year old half back, Stacey Greenwood, will Captain the Ireland side. Greenwood comes with a wealth of experience in Rugby League having been part of the successful Bradford Bulls side, she recently joined Wigan Warriors in the Betfred Women’s Super League.
Vice-Captain for RLI Women will be Pip Birchall, winner of both a Challenge Cup and League Leaders’ Shield in the 2021 Betfred Women’s Super League, Birchall is a born winner in the sport. She has just booked her spot in the Betfred Women’s Super League Grand Final with her club St Helens.
Speaking on her Captaincy, Greenwood said: “To be selected for Ireland makes me feel proud but to be made captain is my biggest honour, I can’t wait to lead the girls out and give them everything I’ve got. In my experience there is only one motivation and that is desire – I promise to give that both on and off the field”
Similarly, Birchall was also pleased with her appointment:”Representing Ireland is something that I thought I would never be able to do, but to vice-captain alongside Stacey as Captain is something I would only dream of. All the girls have worked so hard and we can’t wait for the match against Wales on the 17th October.”
Unfortunately, Emma Curran has had to be withdrawn from the 24-player squad after suffering a fractured cheek and will not be able to feature. She is replaced in the squad by fellow Dublin City Exiles’ representative Erin Moorhead.