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IRL Ranking :

head coach

Head Coach:
Craig Richards


Emily Rudge


World Cup Appearances:
3 (2008, 2013, 2017)

Best Results

World Cup Best Result:
Third place – 2008 and 2013

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RLWC2021 Host Town:

Team Bio

Women's rugby league was originally established in England in 1985 through the Women's Amateur Rugby League Association, with a Great Britain national team playing for the first time in a World Cup during the competition in the year 2000.  

Women’s international rugby league in England was always based around a Great Britain Women’s Rugby League team following on from it’s inception, with tours to Australia in 1996, New Zealand in 1998, and competing in the Women's Rugby League World Cup of 2000 and 2003 as Great Britain. It was decided by the RFL that from 2007 onwards the Great Britain Women’s team would no longer compete on a regular basis, and that players would be able to represent England, Wales and Scotland at international test level.  

Since then, from 2008 onwards, England Women has competed on the international stage, playing in the 2008, 2013 and 2017 Women's Rugby League World Cups to date. In total the team has played 33 matches, winning 22, drawing one, and losing 10. They will be doing all their best to win the RLWC for the first time after disappointments in the semi-finals in the last three tournaments, especially with the RLWC2021 being on home soil.

Currently, Women’s players in England are semi-professional as are many nation’s around the world. The domestic women’s league in England is the Women's Super League, which began in 2017 as the elite women's rugby league competition in England. Only four teams competed in the Women’s Super League in the 2017 season, and since then the league has developed exponentially, with the 2021 season being contested by 10 teams playing home and away against each other with subsequent play-offs and a grand final. 


Women's Group A


Tue 1


Headingley Stadium, Leeds


Women's Group A


Sat 5


DW Stadium, Wigan


Women's Group A


Wed 9


Headingley Stadium, Leeds



Squads on the Tyne Festival coming to Newcastle

From Friday 14 October - Sunday 16 October 2022, the three-day festival will be open to primary and secondary schools, as well as junior rugby league clubs, mixed touch rugby teams, PDRL and masters RL (35+).

£15 million pounds awarded in large grants as part of RLWC2021 CreatedBy Capital Grant Programme

Over 200 community rugby clubs and organisations across the UK have been awarded grants so far with the latest five large grants awarded taking the total to over £15million.

Your Chance to Volunteer! Heritage Project Celebrates Women In Rugby League

An opportunity has arisen in actively seeking volunteers to work on a fantastically exciting heritage project to celebrate 25 years of women’s international rugby league.

France to host Rugby League World Cup 2025

​Rugby League World Cup 2021 today congratulates the Federation Francaise de Rugby a XIII following confirmation that France is to stage the 17th Rugby League World Cup in 2025.

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