21st June 2017, 10:46 | englandrl

Four debutants in England Women squad to face France tonight

Four debutants in England Women squad to face France tonight


Four players will pick up their first-ever England caps as England Women take on France at 6pm (5pm local time) tonight.

Head Coach Chris Chapman has named his final 17 for the first of two clashes with the French national team after an intense two days of training at the Pergo Sporting Village in Toulouse.

Twenty-one players made the trip over on Monday after Thatto Heath-St Helens captain Jenny Welsby was forced to pull out through injury.

Chantelle Crowl from Thatto Heath and Bradford's Shona Hoyle both make their debuts from the start, while Featherstone's Brogan Churm is set for her first cap off the bench, alongside Thatto's Rachel Thompson.

The experienced Andrea Dobson will captain the side from loose forward, while Bradford centre Amy Hardcastle will be looking to transfer her impressive league form to the international stage.

An intense two days of training for the squad

They have been based in Toulouse since Monday

Head Coach Chris Chapman takes the squad through their gameplan

England Women will be part of a historic World Cup this year


Test Team:

1. Charlotte Booth (Bradford Bulls)

2. Tara Stanley (Thatto Heath-St Helens)

3. Amy Hardcastle (Bradford Bulls)

4. Jess Courtman (Bradford Bulls)

5. Kayleigh Bulman (Featherstone Rovers)

6. Faye Gaskin (Thatto Heath-St Helens)

7. Kirsty Moroney (Bradford Bulls)

8. Danika Primm (Bradford Bulls)

9. Lois Forsell (Bradford Bulls)

10. Chantelle Crowl (Thatto Heath-St Helens)

11. Emily Rudge (Thatto Heath-St Helens)

12. Shona Hoyle (Bradford Bulls)

13. Andrea Dobson (c) (Featherstone Rovers)


14. Natalie Harrowell (Featherstone Rovers)

15. Sinead Peach (Featherstone Rovers)

16. Brogan Churm (Featherstone Rovers)

17. Rachel Thompson (Thatto Heath-St Helens)

The squad flew out on Monday and take on France both this evening and on Saturday, as they step up their preparations ahead of a historic World Cup campaign in Australia during November and December.

  • Test One – v France. Wednesday, June 21, 6.00pm kick off
  • Test Two – v France. Saturday, June 24, 5.00pm kick off
  • Stade de la Mer, Perpignan

This year will be the first time ever the women's and men's Rugby League World Cups will be played concurrently, with the women's World Cup final played as a curtain-raiser to the men's World Cup final at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on December 2.