3 Nov 2022
What are the teams for England v Canada women at the Rugby League World Cup?
Hosts face Ravens after beating Brazil 72-4 in their opener
By Jack Lacey-Hatton
Forward Zoe Hornby is in line to make her England debut at the Rugby League World Cup this weekend after being included in the hosts’ 19-player matchday squad to take on Canada.
Head coach Craig Richards has shuffled his pack, bringing in all seven squad members who didn’t feature against Brazil in their opening 72-4 win at Headingley.
Hornby's Leeds Rhinos clubmates Dannielle Anderson and Keara Bennett are also included along with Beth Stott, Paige Travis and Carrie Roberts.
After getting off to the perfect start on Tuesday in Leeds, England will be looking to make it two from two against the Ravens to take control of the group.
Canada coach Mike Castle has shown his hand after his side suffered defeat against Papua New Guinea at Headingley.
Nina Bui is set for her first appearance at the tournament, while wing Brittany Jones also comes in after scoring two tries on her debut against the United States back in April.
Gabrielle Hindley will once again lead the side but Dani Frananda, who made two difficult conversions in the defeat to the Orchids on Tuesday, misses out.
1 Tara-Jane Stanley, 3 Fran Goldthorp, 5 Leah Burke, 6 Georgia Roche, 7 Courtney Winfield-Hill, 9 Tara Jones, 10 Dannielle Anderson, 11 Hollie Dodd, 12 Emily Rudge (captain), 14 Vicky Molyneux, 15 Vicky Whitfield, 16 Beth Stott, 17 Shona Hoyle, 18 Olivia Wood, 19 Paige Travis, 20 Georgia Wilson, 21 Keara Bennett, 23 Carrie Roberts, 24 Zoe Hornby
14 Maddy Aberg, 15 Nina Bui, 16, Rachel Choboter, 17 Brittany Douglas, 18 Alex Evans, 5 Karina Gauto, 11 Gabrielle Hindley (captain), 2 Brittany Jones, 10 Laura Mariu, 7 Sabrina McDaid, 20 Lauren Mueller, 21 Natasha Naismith, 22 Ada Okonkwo, 13 Megan Pakulis, 8 Kirsty Sargent, 23 Zoey Siciliano, 24 Elizabeth Steele, 9 Natalie Tam, 3 Petra Woods.
This is the first meeting on the international stage between England and Canada, who avoided playing each other at the previous tournament in 2017.
Canada’s Laura Mariu is competing at her sixth succesive Rugby League World Cup, although this is her first tournament for the Ravens with each of the previous five coming in New Zealand colours.
England are yet to lift the Rugby League World Cup trophy although Great Britain did come close in 2000, finishing runners-up.
Tuesday’s win over Brazil ended a three-game losing streak for England at the women’s World Cup. They have a 50 percent historical win rate at the tournament.
Canada made their Rugby League World Cup debut at the last tournament in 2017.
Their maiden finals win over Papua New Guinea saw them reach the semi-finals where they were beaten by eventual winners Australia.
Players to watch
- England’s Tara-Jane Stanley finished with a 24-point haul against Brazil, after landing two tries and eight goals from centre
- Canada’s Laura Mariu was a key part of the New Zealand team who narrowly missed out on the trophy at the last tournament in 2017. Back then she made four line break assists, which was the second most of any forward in the competition and she also made 104 tackles, the second most of any New Zealand player.
The Rugby League World Cup promises to be the biggest, best and most inclusive event in the sport’s 127-year history with men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams competing in 61 games across 21 venues throughout England. Tickets are available via rlwc2021.com/tickets