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DOBSON TO SKIPPER ENGLAND AS ROVERS GO GLOBAL

FEATHERSTONE Rovers’ Andrea Dobson will captain England in the Women’s Rugby League World Cup, which gets underway in Australia next month. 

The news comes following this morning’s revealing of England Women’s 23-strong squad, which includes four other Featherstone players.

Dobson, participating in her fourth World Cup, will be joined on the plane by Rovers colleagues Sarah Dunn, Rhiannon Marshall, Kayleigh Bulman and Emma Slowe.

Players from Featherstone’s Grand Final opponents Bradford Bulls, Thatto Heath-St Helens and Castleford Tigers make up the rest of the squad.

Head Coach Chris Chapman said: “It has been extremely tough to select a squad of only 23 players to compete in this year’s World Cup as all players have worked hard throughout the season for England and their respective clubs.

“We appreciate it is a big challenge against experienced professional players and it is one we are all looking forward to.

“It is a task that we believe we can achieve and all the players and staff have been working hard to ensure we are the best prepared team.” 

The squad will fly out to Australia on Friday November 10 and will play three pool games at the Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney, against Papua New Guinea Orchids, Australian Jillaroos and The Cook Islands.

All Women’s Rugby League World Cup games are staged as triple-headers and will be played on Thursday November 16, Sunday November 19 and Wednesday November 22.

The England Women’s Squad for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2017:

Amy Hardcastle

Bradford Bulls

Andrea Dobson

Featherstone Rovers

Beth Sutcliffe

Bradford Bulls

Charlotte Booth

Bradford Bulls

Claire Garner

Bradford Bulls

Danielle Bound

Thatto Heath - St Helens

Danika Priim

Bradford Bulls

Emily Rudge

Thatto Heath - St Helens

Emma Slowe

Featherstone Rovers

Faye Gaskin

Thatto Heath - St Helens 

Jenny Welsby

Thatto Heath - St Helens

Jessica Courtman

Bradford Bulls

Jodie Cunningham

Thatto Heath - St Helens

Katherine Hepworth

Castleford Tigers

Kayleigh Bulman

Featherstone Rovers

Kirsty Moroney

Bradford Bulls

Lois Forsell

Bradford Bulls

Rachel Thompson

Thatto Heath - St Helens

Rhiannon Marshall

Featherstone Rovers

Sarah Dunn

Featherstone Rovers

Shona Hoyle

Bradford Bulls

Stacey White

Bradford Bulls

Tara-Jane Stanley

Thatto Heath - St Helens

Fixtures for the tournament are as follows:

Round One – England v PNG. Thursday, November 16, 6.30pm kick-off (AEDT)

Round Two – Australia v England. Sunday, November 19, 1.45pm kick-off (AEDT)

Round Three – England v Cook Islands. Wednesday, November 22, 1.45pm kick-off (AEDT)

Semi-Finals – Sunday, November 26 at either 1.45pm or 4.00pm (AEDT)

All the above fixtures will be played at the Southern Cross Stadium.

This year will be the first time ever the women's and men's Rugby League World Cups will be played concurrently, with the women's World Cup final played as a curtain-raiser to the men's World Cup final at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on December 2.