Thursday’s win over Papua New Guinea puts England first in Group A in the Women’s Rugby League World Cup; Captain Emily Rudge knows from experience that the Orchids will push them all the way though
Last updated: 08/11/22 5:41 PM
Emily Rudge will draw on the memory of one of the most painful episodes in her rugby league career as England conclude their group stage of the Women’s World Cup against Papua New Guinea at Headingley on Thursday.
The 30-year-old is one of nine members of Craig Richards’ squad for the game who traveled to the Southeast Asian nation for a series of two tests in 2019, culminating in a shocking 20-16 defeat to the Orchids at Port Moresby.
The result, sealed by Shirley Joe’s winning attempt of the dummy half in the closing seconds, is credited with a flaming interest in host women’s rugby league, but it also taught England captain Rudge some valuable lessons to ensure that history does not repeat itself in Leiden.
“It was such a painful experience because we knew we had the potential to beat them, and we disappointed ourselves by making too many mistakes in that game,” Rudge told race officials. FATHER news agency.
“I definitely learned a lot of leadership skills on that tour, both on and off the field, and I think they really benefited us from coming to this World Cup.
“But we’re a very different squad than the one that went to PNG, and I think we’re a lot stronger.”
England and PNG enter the game after already sealing their semi-final places with overwhelming victories over Brazil and Canada respectively, effectively playing to determine which side is likely to take on Australia’s all-conquering Jillaroos in next week’s final four. to avoid.
We’re a very different squad than the one that went to PNG, and I think we’re a lot stronger.
England captain Emily Rudge
The Orchids, led by their hugely influential prop Elsie Albert, who plays for St George Illawarra Dragons in Australia’s women’s professional NRL, are likely to match Rudge and England head coach Richards’ desire for a rigorous test leading up to the knockout stage of enter the competition.
“Hopefully it will be a much tighter competition than our last two games,” said Rudge, whose team built on Saturday’s opening win over Brazil with a 54-4 win over Canada for the Princess of Wales in Wigan.
“We can’t go into the semi-finals because we’ve only had easy matches. We definitely need to be tested because we know we will be in the future.”
“We are looking forward to a good challenge and we think PNG will give it to us. We are confident in it, but we hope it will be a tough game, something we have to work on to get the win and it won’t only given.” to us.”
Forward Vicky Molyneux, named player of the match against Canada, is rested, but otherwise Richards has named his strongest squad, which includes returning duo Amy Hardcastle and Jodie Cunningham.
Wednesday-evening’s clash will be preceded by the meeting of Brazil and Canada, in which both teams, already eliminated, aim for their first win of the tournament.
England vs Papua New Guinea named squads
England: Tara Stanley, Caitlin Beevers, Fran Goldthorp, Amy Hardcastle, Leah Burke, Georgia Roche, Courtney Winfield-Hill, Grace Field, Tara Jones, Hollie Dodd, Emily Rudge (Captain), Jodie Cunningham, Vicky Whitfield, Shona Hoyle, Olivia Wood, Paige Travis, Keara Bennett, Zoe Harris, Carrie Roberts.
Papua New Guinea: Therese Aiton, Elsie Albert (Captain), Lisa Marie Alu, Essay Banu, Anika Butler, Shae-Yvonne De La Cruz, Belinda Gwasamun, Carol Humeu, Shirley Joe, Michelle John, Gloria Kaupa, Sera Koroi, Talitha Kunjil, Shellie Long, Lilah Malabag, Martha Molowia, Ua Ravu, Jessikah Reeves, Emily Veivers.