French Test beckons for England Women

England take on France in Carcassonne on Saturday (27 October) in their first outing since last year’s Women’s World Cup.

Head Coach Craig Richards is using the game – his debut match – as the opening stage of preparations for the 2021 World Cup.

Richards is assisted by Castleford Tigers coach Lyndsay Anfield and former England international Shaun Briscoe, while his squad comprises Amy Hardcastle, Shona Hoyle, (Bradford Bulls), Andrea Dobson (Featherstone Rovers), Jodie Cunningham, Faye Gaskin, Tara Jones, Emily Rudge, Vicky Whitfield, Naomi Williams, (St Helens), Dannielle Anderson, Caitlin Beevers, Amy Johnson, Rhiannon Marshall (Leeds Rhinos), Kelsey Gentles, Sinead Peach, Tamzin Renouf, Georgia Roche, Tara-Jane Stanley (Castleford Tigers), Rebecca Greenfield, Vanessa Temple (Wigan Warriors).

The match, at the Stade Elbert Domec, is part of a double-header with the European Championship Men’s game between France and Wales.