Warrington Wolves, last night, unveiled their women's squad for 2019 in front of the packed match-day crowd at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The current squad of 28, led by captain Roxy Mura, is coached by Lee Westwood, assisted by Ben Westwood.
The team's official fixtures were announced this morning to mark International Women's Day. But before the league gets underway in April they will play their second friendly this evening, Friday 8 March, at The Arena*, Victoria Park, against Leigh Miners at 7pm.2019 members gain free entry with their membership card as do all juniors. Pay on the gate entry is £3.
Coach Lee Westwood said: “It's been an exciting challenge putting the squad together. Over half our squad includes talent-transfer girls who have never played Rugby League before and we are pretty excited to see where they are now from where they started, and how close they have become as a group. Their understanding of the game and skill set is getting better every week which is a credit to the dedicated staff we have here. The girls are looking forward to the season starting. After playing their first friendly, the players and staff were pleasantly surprised to see how far we have come.”
Women's team captain Roxy Mura added: "Being named captain was a huge honour and to be honest a massive shock...To be part of the Warrington Wolves' ladies' team is an honour in itself. We’re part of history and we want to do the Warrington community proud. Our squad and coaching staff are a really good bunch; having Ben Westwood on board as our assistant coach, sharing his skills and knowledge is a massive privilege too. A lot of the ladies look up to him so with his insight into the game it really has helped us.
"Our team has been together for a couple months now and we have made a strong bond with each other. We had girls who had never played league before, some coming from different sports and some putting the boots back on, so it’s a credit to our coaching staff to how far we’ve come. Our plays are coming together and with each training session we are all improving on our own individual skills.
"There has been a big growth in females wanting to play more physical sports like Rugby League and I’m proud that we are part of that. The taboo that girls shouldn’t be playing rugby is history and more and more girls are giving it a go and enjoying it. When we have training, the younger girls are training too and it makes me so happy to see them doing what they love. With the Warrington Foundation giving girls a pathway from a younger age through to the open women’s team makes me proud to be a part of this club."