21st January 2020, 16:15 | englandrl
England Women’s star Amy Hardcastle has been named in a women’s Team of the Decade, as selected by the NRL.
Hardcastle – who made her debut for England in 2009 - and has gone on to earn 17 caps, scoring 14 tries is the only English player in the side.
The Bradford Bulls captain’s finest moment on the international stage came back in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup when she crossed for a stunning hat-trick against New Zealand, a side she scored against once more in the recent Downer World Cup Nines.
Hardcastle said: “I feel honoured to be recognised for the sport I love. Well done to all that were nominated and the winners.”
Hardcastle was named on the wing alongside New Zealand’s Sarina Clark after beating stiff competition from Australian wingers such as Chelsea Baker and Karina Brown.
Natalie Gilmour (centre), Jodie Cunningham (halves), Lois Forsell (hooker) and Emily Rudge (second-row) were also nominated in their respective positions.
The full team is as follows:
Sam Bremner (Australia), Amy Hardcastle (England), Honey Hireme-Smiler (New Zealand), Isabelle Kelly (Australia), Sarina Clark (New Zealand); Ali Brigginshaw (Australia), Karyn Murphy (Australia); Stephanie Hancock (Australia), Nat Dwyer (Australia), Simaima Taufa (Australia), Renae Kunst (Australia), Teuila Fotu-Moala (New Zealand), Tahnee Norris (Australia). Interchanges:Rona Peters (New Zealand), Kezie Apps (Australia), Heather Ballinger (Australia), Laura Mariu (New Zealand).