England star Lindsay selected to play in Dubai

Lindsay Anfield in action for England against Australia.
Lindsay Anfield in action for England against Australia.

Former Featherstone Rovers Ladies player Lindsay Anfield, of Darrington, has been selected to represent England RL in a charity team in the international women’s open at the Dubai 7s this week.

Thirty-year-old Lindsay, who played for Rovers Ladies for nine years, is now player-coach of Normanton Knights Ladies team.

She is a PE teacher at De Lacy Academy, Knottingley, and school games organiser for the Five Towns.

Lindsay started playing rugby league in Cumbria when she was 18.

She played for England under 21s and then progressed to full Great Britain squad for 2003 World Cup in New Zealand where she played on the wing. As a result she moved to West Yorkshire.

Great Britain changed to England for the 2008 Women’s World Cup in Queensland, Australia, when she made the switch to full back.

She toured New Zealand in 2010 and played for England in this year’sWomen’s World Cup where they finished third.

After the World Cup in July, she was named in the ‘World 13 Dream Team’ at full back.

She will now represent England RL in a charity team in the Duba 7s from November 28 to 30.

Her sponsor is Direct Security Integration, Dubai, and her kit sponsor is Karmasutra 7s.

Lindsay will play in the women’s international tournament, alongside the men’s and women’s IRB event, in front of a 50,000 crowd.

It will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Lindsay said: “I am extremely honoured to be invited to take part in this event.

“After some initial nerves about playing another code of rugby on such a large stage, I am now looking forward to it and feel confident in showcasing the talent I have gained from a career in rugby league.

“I am keen to display how transferable the skills are between the two codes of rugby.

“I would like to give massive thanks to the Principal and governors of De Lacy Academy for supporting my rugby career, in allowing me time off to represent my country.”

De Lacy Academy principal Gareth Mason said: “The De Lacy Academy is proud to support Lindsay in representing rugby league at the Dubai 7s.

“Not only is she an outstanding teacher who puts her students’ needs first, she epitomises the ethos of De Lacy Academy with this achievement, which is the result of hard work, dedication and a desire to be the best. The exact values our students live by across the whole curriculum.”