Wigan Warriors Women’s squad for 2018 revealed
23 Players named in first ever Wigan Warriors Women’s squad
- England internationals Rachel Thompson and Gemma Walsh to play for the Warriors in 2018
Wigan Warriors Women’s team have today revealed their first ever squad that will compete in the 2018 Women’s Super League.
Following on from the signing of England international, Rachel Thompson, the Warriors have today revealed a squad of 23 players that will work under Head Coach Amanda Wilkinson this season.
Thompson is joined by fellow England player Gemma Walsh who has represented her country 15 times. A member of the Royal Air Force, Katie Coen joins up with the Warriors having represented the RAF Women’s Rugby League team.
Kate McMullan, Christina Tully and Georgia Wilson also join the Warriors having played for Preston Grasshoppers RUFC and the University of Central Lancashire.
Women’s Head Coach, Amanda Wilkinson, said:
“It’s been a great couple of months creating this Wigan legacy.
“Trials were attended by almost 100 participants from all over the North of England, even attracting one young lady from as far away as Suffolk!
“There was a real mix of ability and experience which was great to see. Athletes with little or no Rugby League experience, women hoping to make the move from Union to League and even a professional footballer wanting to try out the sport.
“It really did come down to the final whistle as the women competed for the final places to wear the famous cherry and white.”
Local amateur side, Wigan St Patricks, provide 12 players for the squad with several players also experiencing Rugby League for the first time after joining from Rugby Union clubs.
Amanda continued: “Wigan St Patricks are well known for their youth development in the men’s game and the likes of Jeff Stuart, Cath Taylor and several others have done a fantastic job there helping to develop some good players and importantly some great people who are ready to take the next step now.
“We’ve had some great meetings with Jeff and will look to work very closely with St Pats to make sure they continue to develop alongside ourselves.
“I’m really pleased with the final squad and it’s also great to see so many new faces getting involved in Rugby League, a number of the players are new to the game opening up a new pool of players to strengthen the competition of places for the next World Cup.
“I’ve loved this journey so far and I’m looking forward to our first squad session this weekend.”
Wigan Warriors Women’s Team Squad
Joanie Aspin, 33, Wigan St Patricks
Lucy Baggaley, 18, Wigan St Patricks
Alison Burrows, 24, Sefton RUFC
Katie Coen, 25, RAF Women’s RLFC
Michelle Davis, 27, Firwood Waterloo RUFC
Emma Dwyer, 20, Wigan St Patricks & Lancaster University
Charlotte Foley, 23, Wigan St Patricks
Hannah Goodburn, 24, Wigan Touch RL
Rebecca Greenfield, 19, Wigan St Patricks
Jade Gregory-Haselden, 22, Leigh RUFC
Chloe Hammond, 21, Wigan St Patricks
Sarah Harrison, 32, Wigan St Patricks
Freya Hellin, 22, Firwood Waterloo RUFC
Gemma Hennessey, 32, Wigan St Patricks
Abby Latchford, 21, Wigan St Patricks
Kate McMullan, 20, Preston Grasshoppers RUFC & UCLan
Rachel Porter, 18, Wigan St Patricks
Amarni Sharrock, 22, Wigan St Patricks
Holly Speakman, 34, Wigan St Patricks
Christina Tully, 21, Preston Grasshoppers RUFC & UCLan
Rachel Thompson, 22, Thatto Heath & England
Gemma Walsh, 34, Featherstone Rovers & England
Georgia Wilson, 20, Preston Grasshoppers RUFC & UCLan