7 Nov 2022
What are the teams for England v Papua New Guinea women at the Rugby League World Cup?
The two unbeaten sides in Group A go head-to-head at Headingley for the chance to top the pile
By Josh Graham
England head coach Craig Richards has brought back the big guns for the top-of-the-table shootout with Papua New Guinea on Wednesday.
The Lionesses beat Canada 54-4 to go two from two having beaten Brazil in the women’s World Cup opener.
Richards rested several high-profile stars after making seven changes against the Ravens but with Papua New Guinea beating the Amazonas to set up a Group A decider, the England coach has recalled Catlin Beevers, Jodie Cunningham, Grace Field, Amy Hardcastle and Zoe Harris.
The two unbeaten sides will meet at Headingley to determine who tops the group with Australia or New Zealand lying in wait in the last four.
Orchids coach Ben Jeffries has also shuffled his pack for the big one as he welcomes back Shellie Long, Lisa Marie Alu and Emily Veivers.
Despite scoring two tries against Brazil in Hull, there is no place for Leeds Rhinos’ Tara Moxon.
England: 1 Tara Stanley, 2 Caitlin Beevers, 3 Fran Goldthorp, 4 Amy Hardcastle, 5 Leah Burke, 6 Georgia Roche, 7 Courtney Winfield-Hill, 8 Grace Field, 9 Tara Jones, 11 Hollie Dodd, 12 Emily Rudge (Captain), 13 Jodie Cunningham, 15 Vicky Whitfield, 17 Shona Hoyle, 18 Olivia Wood, 19 Paige Travis, 21 Keara Bennett, 22 Zoe Harris, 23 Carrie Roberts
Papua New Guinea: 9 Therese Aiton, 8 Elsie Albert (captain), 23 Lisa Marie Alu, 12 Essay Banu, 2 Anika Butler, 5 Shae-Yvonne De La Cruz, 3 Belinda Gwasamun, 21 Carol Humeu, 22 Shirley Joe, 16 Michelle John, 10 Gloria Kaupa, 6 Sera Koroi, 19 Talitha Kunjil, 4 Shellie Long, 7 Lilah Malabag, 17 Martha Molowia, 14 Ua Ravu, 13 Jessikah Reeves, 11 Emily Veivers
This will be the fourth meeting between the two sides with England carrying a 2-1 head-to-head advantage into the fixture in Leeds.
The Orchids lost 36-8 at the 2017 World Cup before the spoils were shared in the two-match series in 2019.
England won the opener 24-10 in Goroka before PNG secured a famous first victory by winning 20-16 in Port Moresby.
Papua New Guinea have scored 104 points in two games at this World Cup, 6.5 times as many as they registered in the whole of their 2017 campaign (16).
England brushed aside Brazil 72-4 before running away with things against Canada 54-4 in their opening group games and will look to set a marker down ahead of the semi-finals.
Papua New Guinea record
Papua New Guinea won their first ever World Cup fixture in their opener against Canada, prevailing 34-12 against the Ravens.
The Orchids backed that up with a 70-0 defeat of Brazil at MKM Stadium on Saturday with a super second-half showing seeing them rack up 52 unanswered points.
Players to watch
- No player made more linebreaks in Round 1 than Amy Hardcastle (England) with four
- Captain Elsie Albert (Papua New Guinea) has run for a staggering 188 post contact metres in two games and scored her first World Cup try last time out against Brazil
The Rugby League World Cup promises to be the biggest, best and most inclusive event in the sport’s 127-year history with men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams competing in 61 games across 21 venues throughout England. Tickets are available via rlwc2021.com/tickets