Rugby League


7 May 2024

2024 Women’s Rugby League Nines Finalists confirmed

2024 Women’s Rugby League Nines Finalists confirmed

The finalists for this year’s Women’s Rugby League Nines have been confirmed after a thrilling day’s action at Victoria Park in Warrington on Sunday (5 May).

Crowds gathered from early morning to bask in the sunshine and watch teams from across the national pyramid compete in the day-long celebration of the Women’s and Girls' game which included an appearance and social media takeover from Courtney Winfield-Hill.

The day began with a blockbuster clash between Leeds Rhinos and St Helens with tries from Katie Mottershead and Leah Burke guiding Saints to a crucial 11-6 victory against the reigning Nines champions. Matty Smith’s side then went on to defeat Telford Raiders and Leamington Royals to secure their place at Finals Day.




Cardiff Demons once again demonstrated their strength as they went on to win all three of their fixtures – including impressive wins against Betfred Women’s Super League sides Barrow Raiders and Featherstone Rovers. Those results mean that Wales will be represented at Finals Day for the second time since the Nines competition was introduced.

York Valkyrie were the first team to lift the Women’s Rugby League Nines trophy in 2022 and topped Group 1 with two wins and a draw. The Valkyrie had to come from behind to beat Warrington Wolves 9-13 and secured a 12 all draw against Leigh Leopards through bonus point tries from Sian Judd and Evie Sexton.

Wigan Warriors progressed to Finals Day after three wins from three on Sunday. The Warriors breezed past Salford Red Devils, Huddersfield Giants and London Broncos and will be hoping they can go one step further this time round having lost out to Leeds Rhinos in last year’s final.

Courtney Winfield-Hill said: “The Women’s Nines Festival was a fantastic experience, and it was truly special to interact with fans, players, and many familiar faces from my playing days all while enjoying the game from a new vantage point.

“The talent on display was truly impressive, and it underscores the sports and female player’s enormous potential.

“I’m excited for the next stage of the Women’s Nines, for what promises to be highly competitive and a superb display of skill and passion. I’m proud to be part of this journey and am looking forward to contributing ideas that will help propel the growth and recognition of Women’s Rugby League even further.”

RFL Head of Development and Women’s Super League General Manager, Tom Brindle, said: “Courtney Winfield-Hill's debut in her new role at The RFL was highly effective. Leading our first-ever Women's Rugby League Instagram take-over, she brought an exceptional energy and inclusiveness that resonated with everyone, from players to fans. Her dynamic presence throughout the event perfectly embodied the community spirit that we aim to promote in Women's Rugby League, along with the excitement and engagement that we strive for.”
Cardiff Demons, York Valkyrie, St Helens and Wigan Warriors will all play in the Women’s Rugby League Nines Finals Day on Saturday 27 July, alongside two wildcard teams which will be confirmed shortly.