Leeds Rhinos Women 2019 squad named

Leeds Rhinos Women have named their squad to compete in the 2019 Women’s Super League and Challenge Cup.

The team have retained the majority of the 2018 squad who won the Challenge Cup and the League Leaders Shield, while promoting players from their Academy and recruiting two new players after a successful trial.

Evie Jackson, joins the club this season, after previously playing for Harrogate RU.  The outside back has a strong athletic background and previously played netball and competed in athletics.

Lucy Hewitt also comes from a Rugby Union background and impressed the Rhinos coaching during her trial during pre-season.  The half back started playing with Darlington Mowden Park when she was 12 years-old and went on to represent the North of England.  Whilst at University she concentrated on rock climbing and mountain biking and returned to rugby with her old club after her graduation.

Seven players who started last season in the club’s Academy and went onto make their debuts in the first team have been included in Adam Cuthbertson’s squad.  Caitlin Beevers, who was last year’s top try scorer and made her England debut against France, has been given the number one shirt and Frankie Townend, Madison Laverick, Sophie Nuttall, Ellie Oldroyd, Elle Frain and Chloe Kerrigan, who all appeared in the Grand Final have all been named in the squad.

Lois Forsell, who is currently out injured with an ACL injury, is club captain and Australian Courtney Hill will captain the team.  Hill was an almost ever present during the 2018 and the team’s leading points scorer with 158.

Head Coach, Cuthbertson, said: “We have a very strong squad this season who are ambitious and want to build on the success from last year.  Lucy and Evie are great additions to the squad and I am sure they will make an impact this season.”

Leeds Rhinos Women will play their home games this season at Sports Park Weetwood and the 2019 fixture list will be announced shortly.

The 2019 Leeds Rhinos Women Squad:

1. Caitlin Beevers
2. Suze Hill
3. Sophie Robinson
4. Char Booth
5. Madison Laverick
6. Hanna Butcher
7. Courtney Hill (captain)
8. Danika Priim
9. Lois Forsell (club captain)
10. Danni Anderson
11. Aimee Staveley
12. Manina Spurr
13. Amy Johnson
14. Tasha Gaines
15. Sophie Nuttall
16. Chloe Kerrigan
17. Shannon Lacey
18. Frankie Townend
19. Elle Frain
20. Larissa Deaves
21. Lucy Hewitt
22. Ellie Oldroyd
23. Evie Jackson