Cuthbertson excited for biggest ever Women’s World Cup

Leeds Rhinos Womens Head Coach Adam Cuthbertson says he believes the 2021 Womens World Cup is an incredible opportunity for the sport in England to make huge strides forward.

Cuthbertson was assistant coach with England on their two game tour of Papua New Guinea last Autumn and says the Pool game between England and the Orchids will be one of the highlights of the World Cup.

He commented, “We had a really tough run in with the Papua New Guinean team when we did the recent tour so it sets things up nicely for a really good grudge match in the World Cup that we have been drawn in the same pool. We will definitely want to get one back on them and they’ll be coming in with a lot of confidence having won the second Test.

“It was very good for the Orchids that we toured there and had a matchup against them on their home turf. We won the first game but they secured their first win as a nation in Port Moresby. As a side that will help them grow in confidence and, not only that, grow a lot of interest within the game of women’s rugby league,” added Cuthbertson.

England have also been drawn against Canada in the pool stages. With Toronto Wolfpack joining Super League this season it is an interesting time for the game of Rugby League in North America. Cuthbertson says he has been impressed with the work being done in Canada from the reports he has heard. He added, “They’re coming along nicely in Canada with what they’re doing over there with Rugby League. I believe there is a lot more interest in Rugby League and a lot of girls that have recently played Rugby Union are now taking a lot of interest in it so they’re going from strength to strength at the minute.”

England will kick off their campaign at Emerald Headingley on Tuesday 9th November 2021 with an intriguing clash against newcomers Brazil. Cuthbertson says it should be a fascinating match up. He commented, “It’s quite exciting. When you talk about Brazil and Rugby League, for me it’s unheard of. To hear of a Brazilian team coming over to the UK to take us on in our first match at Emerald Headingley is very exciting for the game going forward. I know Lois Forsell was over in Brazil recently checking out what the talent is like over there and she had plenty of good words to say about what they’re doing over there. I even managed to see a bit of footage from the girls playing over there and they look quite sharp. They’ve got a lot of pace and skill so it’ll be very exciting come the first round when we match up against them.”

Cuthbertson is predicting that interest will continue to grow in the women game over the next two years ahead of a home World Cup. He added, “I’ve been involved with the womens game for two years with just the Leeds squad and I was fortunate to get on the back end of the England tour of Papua New Guinea last year. It’s really amazing how much the game has grown in the two years. The girls keep going from strength to strength, it’s a great product, and they’re just continuing to get better and better each year as we go along. We’ve got two years now until the World Cup so it’s very exciting because there is a lot to build on in the next two years. We’ve got a lot of good youth coming through the system and throughout the clubs and in the England squad so it’s going to be a very exciting next two years in the run up to the World Cup.”