Pictured: Roxy Murdoch
The first Women’s Rugby League Origin fixture of the season will be held at the Summer Bash in Blackpool this weekend.
Warrington captain Roxy Murdoch-Masila has been named in the Lancashire squad for the above fixture alongside signing Michelle Davis.
England Women’s head coach Craig Richards is bound to take a close interest in the Origin clash, which kicks off the second day of the Summer Bash programme on Sunday morning, as it provides a rare chance to see the leading contenders for places in the World Cup Nines in Sydney this October playing at a higher level than regular club rugby.
Two members of Richards’ England support staff will take charge of the Origin rivals, with Castleford head coach Lindsay Anfield leading Yorkshire, and the former England men’s full-back Shaun Briscoe working alongside Wigan’s Amanda Wilkinson for Lancashire.
Lancashire are the reigning Origin champions, having won a tight game 16-10 on Yorkshire soil in Featherstone last year.
This year the Women’s Rugby League Origin has been expanded to a two-match series, with Yorkshire to host a second match on June 16.
Sunday’s match will be one of two Origin matches shown live on Our League this weekend – following the Academy Origin match on Saturday morning.
Yorkshire: Dannielle Anderson (Leeds), Savannah Andrade (Bradford), Caitlin Beevers (Leeds), Charlotte Booth (Leeds), Hanna Butcher (Leeds), Grace Field (Castleford), Kelsey Gentles (Castleford), Amy Hardcastle (Bradford), Katherine Hepworth (Featherstone), Shona Hoyle (Castleford), Ashleigh Hyde (York), Leah Jones (Bradford), Rhiannion Marshall (Castleford), Sinead Peach (Castleford), Tamzin Renouf (Castleford), Georgia Roche (Castleford), Daisy Sanderson (York).
Lancashire: Lucy Baggaley (Wigan), Leah Burke (St Helens), Chantelle Crowl (St Helens), Jodie Cunningham (St Helens), Michelle Davis (Warrington), Zoe Harris (Wigan), Amy Johnson (Leeds), Tara Jones (St Helens), Sarah Lovejoy (St Helens), Roxette Murdoch (Warrington), Emily Rudge (St Helens), Tara Jane Stanley (Castleford), Vanessa Temple (Wigan), Rachel Thompson (Wigan), Naomi Williams (St Helens), Katie-May Williams (St Helens), Georgia Wilson (Wigan).