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York Valkyrie pair called up to England Students squad

York Valkyrie pair Liv Whitehead and Jess Sharp have earned call-ups to the England Students squad for 2023.

Whitehead, who is proudly sponsored by V25 Comms Ltd, and Sharp, who is proudly sponsored by JCT 600, are among the 22 squad members chosen after a trial of over 180 players across the country.

Whitehead and Sharp could represent England Students in the RFL President's Cup against Great Britain Students and the UK Armed Forces in May.

11 of last year's England Students squad progressed to the England Knights set-up while one player won a call-up to the World Cup side.

England Students Head Coach Ellis Pascall added: “We are really happy with the final squad and have been very impressed with all who attended the trials.

"We now look forward to working closely with the team over the coming months to compete well in this year’s programme."

The RFL’s Conor Meese, a co-selector alongside management team colleagues and coaches, said: “A huge congratulations to everyone who has been selected following the recent trials.

"It’s been really challenging for us as staff and coaches to select the final squad given the number and ability of the players who attended the trials.

"This shows the growth within the women’s game and in particular the appetite within the educational settings."

England Students Women’s squad to compete against GB Teachers and UK Armed Forces:

Grace Banks (West Lancashire College), Gracie Bradshaw (Southport College), Alyx Bridge (Edge Hill University), Mayzi Carter (Ossett Academy), Caitlin Casey (Garforth Academy), Evie Cousins (Guiseley 6th Form), Pippa Curley (Huddersfield New College), Elise Gater (Wigan & Leigh College), Jess Harrap (Leeds Trinity University), Beth Hayes (University of Salford), Lydia Humphries (Rainhill 6th Form), Eva Hunter (Winstanley College), Jessica Ingram (Loughborough University), Molly Jones (Winstanley College), Abbie Millward (Loughborough College), Lois Naidole (Huddersfield New College), Izzy Northrop (Newcastle University), Beri Salihi (Carmel College), Jessica Sharp (Bishop Burton), Danielle Waters (University of Hull), Olivia Whitehead (Leeds Beckett University), Megan Williams (Cronton College).

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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