England Knights player Tara Moxon joins Leeds Rhinos Women

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England Knights player Tara Moxon joins Leeds Rhinos Women Leeds Rhinos Women have bolstered their squad for the 2021 season with the signing of England Knights player Tara Moxon, from Wakefield Trinity.

The Papua New Guinean, who will play in the backs, was a latecomer to the game of Rugby League having originally played Rugby Union with Barnsley Ladies. She made the switch to Rugby League last season to play with Wakefield Trinity and earned selection for the England Knights.

Moxon has been training with the Rhinos for the last few months and will join up with her Knights coach Lois Forsell and new teammates when they begin pre-season later this month.

Speaking about joining the Rhinos Moxon said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Rhinos.  I have been training with them over lockdown on their Zoom sessions and have recently had the chance to meet up with some of the girls in person. They have been really welcoming and I am looking forward to working with them all.

“Since I made the move to play Rugby League I have really enjoyed it, it is physically testing but I have loved the challenge.  I would like to thank Wakefield for giving me my chance in Rugby League and the opportunity to play Super League. The staff at Wakey have been so supportive through everything and I am eternally grateful to them.”

Alongside her playing commitments, Moxon works in health education and is also an Army Reservist. She will soon make her debut for the Army RL side later this year and said she is looking forward to joining up with some familiar faces at the Rhinos.

“I know a few of the girls from the Knights squad, along with Lois, and Abby Eatock from Army RL side,” she said.  “It will be good to work with them at club level, much like everyone else, I just can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Lois Forsell, head coach for Leeds Rhinos Women, said: “Tara has been training with us for a few months and she bought in to the virtual training that we ran over lockdown and she showed good commitment to train hard over that period, both online or in her own time with prescribed training plans.

“She is a raw talent who has really developed during her time with Wakefield and the Knights and I am looking forward to working with her.”

Army head coach, SSgt Woz Broadley RLC, and he said:  “It’s fantastic news that Tara has put her hand up to represent the Army RL. A player of her calibre will not go amiss, she will add to our already strong back line. I look forward to welcoming her into the squad when we get back underway”