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Valkyrie trio earn England Knights call-ups

York Valkyrie trio Georgie Hetherington, Emma Kershaw and Liv Whitehead have been named in the latest England Women's Knights 19-player squad.

Hetherington, Kershaw and Whitehead have all enjoyed strong starts to the season for the unbeaten Valkyrie, who have won all of their six matches in 2023.

Former England Students international Hetherington has scored three tries and contributed four assists from six contests this year while centre Kershaw has bagged five tries and an assist from her half-a-dozen outings.

Winger Whitehead has crossed for four tries from as many appearances this year, while also scoring five goals.

The Knights squad offers players a pathway into the senior England set-up and, with an Autumn International at Headingley Stadium now confirmed, those selected will have the chance to play their way into Head Coach Stuart Barrow’s squad to face Wales on Saturday 4th November (TBC).

Barrow said: “The England Women Knights is a really important part of the international pathway and it gives some of our younger players who are knocking on the door a chance to push into the senior squad.

“With our Autumn International confirmed, these players now have a real opportunity to display the quality I know they all possess and earn themselves a place in the team to face Wales.

“With the Betfred Women’s Super League still in its early stages, there is still plenty of opportunity for more players to be added to the England Women Knights as the season progresses.”

England Women Knights squad:

  • Emily Baggaley (Warrington Wolves)

  • Amelia Brown (Huddersfield Giants)

  • Caitlin Casey (Leeds Rhinos)

  • Mary Coleman (Wigan Warriors)

  • Jasmine Cudjoe (Leeds Rhinos)

  • Anna Davies (Wigan Warriors)

  • Georgie Hetherington (York Valkyrie)

  • Kaitlin Hilton (Wigan Warriors)

  • Eva Hunter (Wigan Warriors)

  • Molly Jones (Wigan Warriors)

  • Emma Kershaw (York Valkyrie)

  • Katie Mottershead (St Helens)

  • Izzy Northorp (Leeds Rhinos)

  • Erin Stott (Huddersfield Giants)

  • Georgia Sutherland (Warrington Wolves)

  • Bella Sykes (Unattached)

  • Danielle Waters (Featherstone Rovers)

  • Liv Whitehead (York Valkyrie)

  • Megan Williams (St Helens)

The LNER Community Stadium will host an historic double header involving two Betfred Challenge Cup Quarter-Final ties on Sunday.

York Valkyrie face Cardiff Demons in the Betfred Women's Challenge Cup (2pm) before York Knights meet Betfred Super League side Leigh Leopards (5pm) in the Betfred Men's Challenge Cup. General Admission tickets are priced at £20 for Adults, £15 for Concessions and FREE for Under-16s and can be purchased HERE. Alternatively, you can head to the Ticket Office (next door to the Club Shop) or call 01904 942232.

Hospitality tickets are also on sale NOW! Premier Club tickets are priced at £30 for Adults, £25 for Concessions (17-21-year-olds and over-65s) and £10 for Under-16s. Premier Club can be purchased online HERE or please email

Two-course Dining tickets are priced at £45 for Adults and Concessions (17-21-year-olds and over-65s) and £25 for Under-16s. Dining tickets can purchased online HERE or please email


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