Beevers and Goldthorp get England Women off to winning return

England captain Emily Rudge, Caitlin Beevers, Amy Hardcastle and Fran Goldthorp during the national anthem.

Ahead of the much anticipated Women’s World Cup in England this year, England got their season off to a winning start with a comprehensive 60-0 win over Wales in the National Lottery Mid-Season International at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium.

There were ten different scorers for Craig Richards’ side with Captain Emily Rudge notching a double. International debutants Fran Goldthorp and Hollie Dodd also found themselves on the scoresheet.

Despite an unbeaten start to the new Betfred Women’s Super League, the Rhinos only had two players in Craig Richards side but both made their presence felt. The always impressive Caitlin Beevers crossed for a try after 50 minutes whilst young star Fran Goldthorp continued her meteoric rise in the game with a well deserved try nine minutes before half time.

Carrie Roberts – making her first international appearance since 2015 – opened the scoring for the hosts after just two minutes however Wales would keep England from adding to their early score until midway through the first half.

Tara Jones would eventually capitalise on a Welsh mistake before St Helens teammate Jodie Cunningham powered her way over. Shona Hoyle would complete a run of three tries inside six minutes for England.

Goldthorp crossed next out wide after going close earlier in the evening. Georgia Roche rounded off the first half scoring under the posts to give Richards’ side a 34-0 lead at the interval.

Rudge sliced through the Welsh defence just seconds after the break to continue where England left off prior to half-time. Caitlin Beevers try followed before Georgia Wilson entered the fray for the final 20 minutes and found her herself on the receiving end of a looping pass before Rudge doubled her account for the evening.

Castleford Tigers youngster Hollie Dodd finished the scoring with some neat footwork just before the full-time hooter.

It was a historic night for the England Women side with the game shown live on Sky Sports in the UK as part of a double header with the men’s international against the Combined Nations All Stars fixture. The live broadcast was also shown across the world as it was taken in Australia by Fox Sports and on Sky Sport in New Zealand. 

England kick off their 2021 Rugby League World Cup campaign at Emerald Headingley on Tuesday 9th November, kick off 2.30pm against Brazil as part of a opening game double header, with Papua New Guinea and Canada facing each other at 5pm.

The following Saturday, England travel to Anfield to face Canada, kick off 12 noon, in a double header with one of the men’s Quarter Final clashes and the home nation then return to Emerald Headingley for their much anticipated final pool game against the PNG Orchids on Wednesday 17th November, kick off 7.30pm. England and the Orchids met in PNG back in 2019 with one win apiece in the two Test series which sets this clash up as a huge match for both teams. The final pool game is also a double header with Brazil against Canada kicking off at 5pm.

For more details about the 2021 Rugby League Women’s World Cup click here.

England Women: Tara Stanley, Fran Golthorp, Carrie Roberts, Amy Hardcastle, Caitlin Beevers; Georgia Roche, Beth Stott; Grace Field, Tara Jones, Paige Travis, Vicky Molyneux, Emily Rudge, Jodie Cunningham.

England Interchanges: Shona Hoyle, Chantelle Crowl, Hollie Dodd, Georgia Wilson. 

England Tries: Roberts, Jones, Cunningham, Hoyle, Goldthorp, Roche, Rudge (2), Beevers, Wilson, Dodd 

England Goals: Stanley (6), Stott (2)

Wales Women: Kathryn Salter, Jess McAuley, Lowri Norkett, Seren Gough-Walters, Eleri Michael; Amberley Ruck, Shaunni Davies; Lauren Aitkin, Ffion Lewis, Sara Prosser, Emily Hughes, Charley Mundy, Rafiuke Taylor.

Wales Interchanges: Carys Marsh, Keira McCosh, Danyelle Dinapoli, Sara Jones.

Referee: Aaron Moore