16th October 2019, 07:16 | englandrl

Hardcastle named as England Women’s Vice Captain

Hardcastle named as England Women’s Vice Captain

Bradford Bulls’ Amy Hardcastle has been named as England Women’s Vice Captain for the Downer World Cup Nines and two-game tour of Papua New Guinea.

Hardcastle has featured on the international stage on 17 occasions and was an integral part of both the 2013 and 2017 Rugby League World Cup squads.

She said: “I’m one of the more experienced members in the squad and I do see myself as a bit of a mother figure in the group, particularly to some of the younger girls.

“I feel that if I see someone in camp struggling a little bit or with their head down, I know how to approach that because I’ve been there and experienced that.

“We have a few young girls in camp who sometimes may need someone to look to and I’m happy to be that person. It’s great for me to be in that position and be seen as someone who can help lead the team.”

England Women’s Head Coach, Craig Richards, said: “Amy has been a part of the international set-up for a number of years now and has proven herself at the highest level.

“She is a leader both on and off the field and it is pivotal to have these leaders in camp, particularly when you’re in tournament.

“With Emily Rudge, and now Amy as Vice-Captain, I feel we have two great leaders who will complement each other well and help guide the side forward.”

England’s Women’s side are set to open their Downer World Cup 9s campaign against Papua New Guinea on Friday (1845 AEDT/0845 GMT), before facing Australia (1435 AEDT/0435 GMT) and New Zealand (1805 AEDT/0805 GMT) on Friday

The Downer World Cup Nines Women’s tournament final will be played on Friday (1945 AEDT/845 GMT).