England Rugby League today celebrates St George’s Day with a focus on the Women’s and Wheelchair teams who are preparing for the Rugby League World Cup this autumn.
April 23 marks 200 days until England kick off the Women’s tournament against Rugby League newcomers Brazil at Emerald Headingley (230pm, Tuesday November 9).
And on Sunday (April 25), it will be 200 days until the opening fixtures of the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park – a double header on Remembrance Day, Thursday November 11, in which Spain take on Norway before England renew their rivalry with Australia.
The RFL can today confirm the details for England Wheelchair’s Mid-Season International against Wales at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
The game will kick off at 1230pm on Saturday June 26, breaking new ground for Wheelchair Rugby League with live coverage on BBC Sport – and a limited number of tickets are available Rugby-League.com
That follows a double-header at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington on Friday June 25, with England Women also taking on Wales (kick-off 6pm) before Shaun Wane’s first match as England head coach against the Combined Nations All Stars (815pm) – with both those games live on Sky Sports.
For the two Georgias in the England squad – Georgia Wilson of Wigan Warriors, and Georgia Roche of Castleford Tigers – the return of the Betfred Women’s Super League last weekend after an 18-month absence has increased anticipation for the home World Cup.
Georgia Wilson, the 24-year-old three quarter who scored five tries in Wigan’s opening BWSL victory over Warrington, said: “It was brilliant to be back on the field, and another step closer to the World Cup – 2021 will be a very exciting year.”
Georgia Roche, the 20-year-old Castleford Tigers half-back who was the inaugural winner of the Woman of Steel award in 2018, said: “It’s come around so quick already - 200 days to the start of the World Cup. The BWSL resuming is exciting in itself before even looking ahead to the World Cup - which for some of us is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
With an initial 4,000 capacity for the double header at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday June 25, supporters are advised to move quickly to ensure their tickets rugby-reague.com.
And to mark St George’s Day – or St Georgias Day - England Supporters Club membership is also available rugby-league.com.