Six Featherstone Rovers Ladies players have been selected for England’s 24-strong squad for the Women’s Rugby League Cup.
They are Andrea Dobson, Kim Field, Natalie Gilmour, Emma Slowe, Katie Cooper-Birkenhead and Danielle Titterington.
The World Cup culminates with the final at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, on Sunday July 14.
The squad also features nine players from Thatto Heath, five Bradford players, two from Normanton and sole representatives from Cross Fields and Coventry.
England will face stiff competition from Australia, France and three-time Women’s World Cup winners New Zealand if they are to lift the trophy on home soil this year but coach Chris Chapman, who took over from Steve McCormack earlier this year, believes his squad has the ability to go all the way.
“We’ve had the squad training together since the start of the year and we’ve had some really good, tough sessions,” said Chapman.
“There are a lot of good players who have missed out on selection for the competition but I feel the group that we have selected have a good blend of experience and youth and have the skills to succeed if they apply themselves and work hard for each other.
“New Zealand will be confident of retaining their title and Australia will be coming here confident as well but we’re on home soil and we’ll be going out there to make an impact and hopefully we will be celebrating on July 14.”
The full England squad is:
Lindsay Anfield, Loris Hollran (Normanton), Andrea Dobson, Kim Field, Natalie Gilmour, Emma Slowe, Katie Cooper-Birkenhead, Danielle Titterington (Featherstone Rovers), Tara Stanley (Crosfields), Kirsty Moroney, Amy Hardcastle, Lauren Stallwood, Rachel Twibill, Lois Forsell (Bradford), Holly Myers (Coventry), Dani Bound, Jodie Cunningham, Holly Freestone, Claire Hall, Clare McGinnis, Emily Rudge , Gemma Walsh, Jennny Welsby (Thatto Heath).