Rebecca Greenfield standing in front of a pull up banner proudly holding her team England Rugby shirt

Edge Hill University rugby star Rebecca Greenfield is on the England squad selected for the Women’s Rugby League historic tour of Papua New Guinea.

Rebecca is one of the 23-strong team confirmed for what will be a poignant moment not only for England Women but also for international Women’s Rugby League as a whole.

Women’s rugby is experiencing unprecedented growth and the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology student is flying the flag for the sport – being described by England Rugby League as “an outstanding young player” and praised for demonstrating “growth, integrity, pride, commitment and resilience”.

Speaking about being picked for the squad, Rebecca said: “I am privileged to be selected to board that plane and hopefully pull on that England shirt and represent my country over in Papua New Guinea. It will be an amazing experience, being able to explore the different cultures and perform at the highest level.”

Rebecca running with a rugby ball while being pursued by two women on the opposition

The 21-year-old from Bolton is also set to receive a Sports Scholarship Award next month by Edge Hill University in recognition of her sporting achievements, which include being part of the Wigan Warriors team that won the 2018 Women’s Super League in its debut season in the competition. In the same year, she was selected for England Rugby League’s National Performance Programme and went on to represent England in a test match against France.

A keen ambassador for females playing rugby, Rebecca says she’s proud to see a surge in women taking up the sport. She been supporting the new Women in Rugby brand identity and landmark global campaign ‘Try and Stop Us’, which is aimed at driving increased participation and engagement among fans, audiences, players and investors in the women’s game.

“The increase in the publicity and media around Women’s Rugby League has helped the growth of the game massively, with televised games, better experiences and opportunities,” said Rebecca. “The growth of the game just keeps on giving, and the enjoyment that comes with participating in the game is something I thrive on. I’m proud to see the increasing numbers of girls that are trying out the sport, helping to meet the aim for the 2021 world cup – for 21,000 women and girls to play rugby league by 2021.”

Rebecca posing with her teammates in a group photograph
Rebecca, third from the right on the front row with teammates

Watch the team in action as they are set to face Papa New Guinea (PNG) in Goroka on Saturday 9th November before a second test in Port Moresby on Saturday 16th November, as a precursor to the Great Britain Rugby League Lions’ final game, also against PNG in the capital.

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