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York Valkyrie confirm squad numbers for 2023 season

York Valkyrie have confirmed their 2023 squad numbers ahead of the new Betfred Women’s Super League season.

Reigning Woman of Steel Tara Jane Stanley has retained the number one shirt while England internationals Tamzin Renouf and Sinead Peach keep the numbers three and nine respectively.

Outside backs Liv Whitehead (two), Emma Kershaw (four) and Georgia Taylor (five) have all earned promotions to starting jerseys after impressive displays last year for York.

Off-season recruit Sade Rihari has been handed the number six jersey while Olivia Gale takes number seven, having worn 26 in 2022.

Forwards Lacey Owen and Rhiannion Marshall have been elevated to numbers 11 and 15 respectively after wearing 28 and 27 last season.

New signings Aimee Staveley (14), Chloe Smith (24) and Eva Izumi (25) have also learnt their Valkyrie squad numbers, as has Kacey Davies (26), who joins from Wakefield Trinity.

York Valkyrie 2023 squad numbers:

  1. Tara Jane Stanley | Proudly sponsored by Purple Chilli Events Catering Specialists

  2. Liv Whitehead | Proudly sponsored by V25 Comms Ltd

  3. Tamzin Renouf | Proudly sponsored by Anthony Higgins Transport Ltd

  4. Emma Kershaw | Proudly sponsored by Bootham Tavern

  5. Georgia Taylor | Proudly sponsored by GMB Union

  6. Sade Rihari | Proudly sponsored by Pro-Development UK

  7. Liv Gale | Proudly sponsored by The Tex Services Group Ltd

  8. Liv Wood | Proudly sponsored by Visiting North Yorkshire

  9. Sinead Peach | Proudly sponsored by One Stop Scaffolding

  10. Jas Bell | Proudly sponsored by Aysgarth Rooms

  11. Lacey Owen | Proudly sponsored by Assetiam

  12. Savannah Andrade | Proudly sponsored by Harrison Signs

  13. Hollie-Mae Dodd | Proudly sponsored by PMJ Masonry Ltd

  14. Aimee Staveley | Proudly sponsored by Haxby and Wigginton Traders Association

  15. Rhiannion Marshall | Proudly sponsored by YorWealth

  16. Ashleigh Hyde | Proudly sponsored by Serendipity Counselling

  17. Bettie Lambert | Proudly sponsored by The White Family

  18. Grace Field | Proudly sponsored by Simpson York

  19. Georgie Hetherington | Proudly sponsored by Crusading For Veterans

  20. Alisha Clayton | Proudly sponsored by Marcia Inn Bishopthorpe

  21. Matilda Butler | Proudly sponsored by The Harrogate York Knights

  22. Ellie Hendry | Proudly sponsored by Gemini Carpets

  23. Daisy Sanderson | Proudly sponsored by JP Services

  24. Chloe Smith | Proudly sponsored by Miller Homes

  25. Eva Izumi | Proudly sponsored by ACM Motor Services

  26. Kacey Davies | Proudly sponsored by Nutrein

Explaining her decision-making process regarding the squad numbers, Director of Rugby Lindsay Anfield said: “We judged it on the commitment to the pre-season and what the players did last year - that’s all we can go off.

“It’s quite tricky picking the squad numbers but at the end of the day, it is just a number.

“There’s still a while to go in our pre-season and we’ll continue to look at performances in training before finalising who starts in round one.

“The squad list shows that we’ve got much more depth than last season, especially at half-back. It’ll be exciting to have dilemmas before matches and looking at who is in form rather than just who’s available. There’s depth in every position too now, which is great.

“We’re counting down the days until that Leeds Rhinos game in round one. The fact that it’s a big one to start off has given us a little bit more incentive.

“The prospect of the first game of the season, live on Sky Sports, at Headingley Stadium against the team we lost the Grand Final to last season is exciting and one we’re definitely up for.”

First-team squad member Alex Stimpson, proudly sponsored by Stabler Textiles, has not been given a squad number due to injury, but will receive one when she is fit to play.

York Valkyrie begin their home campaign in the 2023 Betfred Women's Super League against St Helens at the LNER Community Stadium on Sunday 16th April (3pm).

Tickets are priced at £5 for Adults and Concessions and FREE for Under-16s and are available to purchase HERE.


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