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#1 League Express

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 11:25 AM

England Women’s squad member player Jodie Cunningham was just 17 when she first pulled on an England shirt but the Warrington-based player is relishing the prospect of representing her country in a World Cup for the first time next month.
Cunningham was unlucky to miss out on selection for the 2008 World Cup but she is looking forward to competing against the best players in the world on home soil and comes into the squad for the 2013 Women’s World Cup in high spirits after being part of Thatto Heath’s victorious Women’s Challenge Cup squad.
“I am really proud to be representing England again and to be playing in a World Cup is fantastic,” said Cunningham. “Everything I’ve done has been working towards this.
“Every game I have played and all the training has been so I could play in this World Cup and hopefully I’ll get a shirt and be able to stand on that pitch and sing the national anthem with pride.
“Winning the Challenge Cup last week has been a great boost and given me so much confidence. You don’t want to be going into these big games on the back of a loss or feeling negative.
“There are also 8 or 9 other girls from the Thatto Heath team in the England squad who are all on top form and that is exactly how we want to go into this World Cup.”
With England facing Australia and New Zealand in their first two fixtures Cunningham knows that winning the World Cup will be no mean feat but she is excited at the prospect of being involved in these tough encounters.
“We know that Australia and New Zealand will be tough sides,” she said. “But I don’t think we can give them too much respect. I personally have played against New Zealand before but I think we need to give ourselves more credit.
“We have a really good squad and we have improved so much recently. I’m excited to play them and show them what we can do.
“I think they underestimate us and they shouldn’t, I believe we have what it takes to turn them over.
“We want to win and to do that we need to play to our potential. Sometimes I think we work and train so hard and it means so much to us that we panic when we are playing.”
“If we can just play to our potential, we can definitely win this World Cup. If we play like I know we are capable of, then the win will follow.”
Cunningham also hopes that the profile of the tournament will help increase the participation in Women’s Rugby League across the country.
“It is the most I have ever heard people talking about the Women’s game, it’s on the radio and I have even had people come up to me and ask me about it which is great,” she said.
“I’d like to hope it will encourage a lot more girls to take part in the sport. There are some really talented young girls out there and they just need to stick at it and they will hopefully have the honour of representing their country like me one day.”
Tickets for the Festivals of World Cup Finals Day at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Sunday July 14, when the Women’s, Students and Police World Cup Finals will be staged, cost from just £6 adult and £2 concessions and can be purchased by calling 0844 856 1113 or visiting https://www.eticketi...le/default.aspx


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:35 PM

As a sport we pride ourselves on our equality record, so lets continue to show our support by watching the games next week and backing the England ladies to make history by winning the competition for the first time.

The NRL are paying for the Australian women to make the trip.

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#3 Saintslass

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:45 PM

Wish I could make it to watch the England women but alas I am unable to afford it.  I hope they really take it to everyone!



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 06:03 AM

Its £4 for adults and you get two games at each three match!

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 09:20 AM

Last weeks Radio Manchester Rugby League extra was spent looking at female involvement in the game, I'm sure Jodie Cunningham was on that to, certainly one of the players from Thatto was and came across very well. 

 

Well worth a listen if anyone missed it first time around and if its still available on the iPlayer or similar.



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 09:22 AM

Freestone relishing Women’s World Cup

England Women’s and Thatto Heath Ladies player Holly Freestone says she cannot wait to take up her place in the England Women’s squad ahead of the 2013 Women’s Rugby League World Cup which begins next week.
Freestone, a member of the Thatto Heath squad that won the Women’s Challenge Cup last weekend, has been a part of the England squad since 2010 and she believes the national team could achieve big things in her first ever World Cup.
“I am really excited about playing in the World Cup, especially as the tournament is in England this year,” said Freestone. “There really is no better stage for the women’s game and it’s going to be massive for the sport.
“As a squad our goal is to win the World Cup. We are on home soil, we’re a good team and there is no reason why we can’t go out and win it.
“There are nine girls from Thatto Heath in the squad as well as girls from Bradford, who we played in the Cup final, and also from Featherstone and Normanton who are in the Women’s Challenge Shield final so all the girls in the team are playing at a good standard of rugby and are at the highest level possible which is fantastic for England.”
The competition will not be easy for England as they face heavyweights Australia and New Zealand, three-time Women’s World Cup winners, in the first two rounds of the tournament but Freestone is confident they can emerge victorious and raise the profile of the game whilst doing it.
“I’m excited to play against those teams,” she said. “New Zealand are the only champions in Women’s World Cup history and it’s good to play against them and I know we can match up to them.
“We have been working so hard for the past years and it’s all been building up to this World Cup. There is no better way to improve your game than to play against the best and beat the best.
“It’s great publicity for the sport to have such a big competition happening here. I know the Her RL organisation have really got behind us and some of the girls have been on the radio in recent weeks so it shows the awareness is increasing.
“It’s great to get other girls involved in the sport and maybe even involve people who have never really been interested in watching the sport before. It can only enhance our game and Rugby League in general.”

Tickets for the Festivals of World Cup Finals Day at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Sunday July 14, when the Women’s, Students and Police World Cup Finals will be staged, cost from just £6 adult and £2 concessions and can be purchased by calling 0844 856 1113 or visiting https://www.eticketi...le/default.aspx


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#7 THE RED ROOSTER

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 10:43 AM

Should have taken their cue from Crickets International T20 and staged Englands women's RL matches before the Ireland and Fiji world Cup matches as a double header. It would have raised the profile and possibly been a bit more competitive than the men's game that follows them.


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