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MOLYNEUX NAMED FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR 

January 1, 2020


Team GB Women’s Teachers Captain, Victoria Molyneux, has been named Female Player of the Year for 2019 by the readers of League Express. With 31% of the vote, the win saw Molyneux beat Woman of Steel Courtney Hill and England Captain Emily Rudge to the award.


Speaking on the news, the Captain said: “Firstly, I would like to thank all the people that voted for me, it’s an amazing achievement.”


“I am very proud of what I have achieved in my first Super League season. Also the fact that people are making the effort to vote for any of us is a reflection of how the Women’s game is growing!”


She added: “Reflecting on the season both for GB Teachers and Wigan Warriors I think my performances were consistent which has helped secure the vote. I may not be the player who scores lots of tries but I will always put a shift in and never give up.”


“A big part of my game is defence. I love tackling! I get just as much of a buzz, if not more, by putting a solid, clean tackle in as scoring a try.”


Molyneux is now looking forward to the opportunity to get stuck back in, with pre-season on the horizon: “Next season for me I hope to be even fitter than I was last season. I don’t think you can ever be too fit! I also hope to stay injury free, fingers crossed.”


“For GB teachers I hope to maintain our 100% winning record and hope the squad can get together for a training session early in the season. I wish all the girls the best of luck at their own clubs and may the game continue to grow! Thank you to all the staff who have given me this fantastic opportunity to wear the lions badge! All the best for 2020!”




TEAM GB WOMEN’S TEACHERS NEWS 

October 23, 2019

MATCH REPORT | WALES WOMEN V TEAM GB TEACHERS 


Davies relished in hat-trick delight as Team GB came from behind to take a comprehensive 30-6 victory over Wales Women on the road.

In their inaugural International match, it was the hosts Wales who crossed for the first score of the game. Wales received a penalty for offside which took them 35m away and Emily Hughes was on hand to crash over despite the wall of Team GB shirts, Kathryn Salter added the extras and Wales had the early 6-0 lead. 

It was end to end for a long period as Wales tested with numerous offloads, going close on a few occasions but it was Team GB Teachers and Katie Stephens who grabbed one back after 23 minutes. The Teachers had worked upfield before being handed another set of six, with Stephens in the best position to crash over and make it 6-4. 

Wales had an excellent chance to extend their lead just before half-time as Ledsam made a good break, the full-back went agonisingly close but an excellent chase from Emily Stirzaker and Anna Mary Davies saw Ledsam try the offload, which is fumbled and the opportunity was squandered by the hosts.

Team GB Teachers started the second half positively, winning a penalty as Wales failed to clear the ruck. Sarah Lovejoy went close under the uprights before the ball was shipped left to Grace Morley who found her way over, but the effort was pulled back by the referee as a forward pass and Wales held onto their lead.

The Teachers took the lead for the first time in the match in the 54th minute, this time a kick through from Aimee Cleaver was collected by Anna Mary Davies to score her first try for the GB Teachers. The conversion was well executed by Cleaver for 10-6.

Anna Mary Davies grabbed her second of the afternoon just moments later as the Teachers streamed forward once more. The left wing was proving vital for Team GB again as Davies went over for her hat-trick in the 62nd minute, Cleaver just off target for 18-6.

It was one way traffic from there, Keira McCosh bundled her way over to put Team GB out to 24-6 following a second successful Cleaver conversion, before Sarah Lovejoy addedher name to the team sheet, taking a step on the inside to deter the Wales defence and the number 10 crashed under the uprights. The effort converted easily to make it 30-6 to the Teachers, who took the comprehensive win in front of a good crowd at The Gnoll, Neath.

MATCH DETAILS 

Team GB: Aimee Cleaver, Anna Mary Davies, Grace Morley, Rebekah Wilson, Aimee Rice, Mairead Quinn (VC), Emily Stirzaker, Keira McCosh, Amy Boardman, Sarah Lovejoy, Katy Tordoff, Paige Costello, Victoria Molyneux (C)
Interchanges: Leah Darbyshire, Vannessa Hadley, Katie Stephens, Sophie Cleverly, Brogan Churm

Tries: K.Stephens, A.Davies (3), K.McCosh, S.Lovejoy
Goals: A.Cleaver 3/6

Wales RL: Savannah Ledsam, Zoe Lewis, Becky Llewellyn-Ennis, Seren Gough-Walters, Megan Oaten, Kathryn Salter, Leanne Burwell, Emily Hughes, Jess Wallington, Vicky Lea, Joeann McGuire, Ffion Owen, Rafiuke Taylor
Interchanges: Stacey Wright, Kim Jones, Lauren Aitken, Rhian Stephens, Laura Keeble, Harriet Cooksey, Shaunni Davies, Karla Benjamin, Charlie Mundy, Sara Prosser

Tries: E.Hughes
Goals: K.Salter 1/1

HALF TIME: Wales Women 6 – 4 Team GB Teachers

MATCH REACTION | Head Coach, John Whalley

“I thought it was a tough first half, I thought Wales showed up and really gave it to us in that first forty, but the second half we fixed quite a few things up at half time and I thought we looked really good.”

The occasion was Wales’ first International Women’s Rugby League match, speaking on the fixture, Whalley said: “I thought it was a great venue today at The Gnoll, Wales have done really well to get this fixture on with the weather but I thought it was a great occasion and a great day for Women’s Rugby League.”

He finalised: “I thought Anna Mary Davies went really well again on our wing, she got a hat-trick of tries but I thought our middles really showed up, especially in that second half after a tough first half. Victoria (Molyneux) again played a real Captain’s knock and it’s the time every time she plays.”

He added: “Overall, I’m just really happy with our efforts today.”


MATCH PREVIEW | Wales Women v Team GB Teachers


Following their narrow victory over UK Armed Forces on Sunday afternoon, Team GB Teachers Women prepare to travel to Neath, Wales to face Wales Women who will be playing in their first ever match.

Speaking on his side’s first hit out on Sunday, Head Coach, John Whalley, said: “I was really pleased with our efforts against UKAF. I thought our defence was especially good in the last 15 minutes when they put us under a big load of pressure, they hit us with everything and we showed up for each other. The team took a lot from that and we played some good Rugby League, which was pleasing for our first game together.”

Wales will field 23-players in their first ever Women’s Rugby League fixture. On the game, Whalley said: “We are expecting another tough challenge in Wales, playing in their own back yard won’t be easy at all. It’s their first game together and they will want to come out of the blocks, but it’s great for us to get back to back fixtures which allows us to bring in some different players and try people in different playing positions.”

He added: “I think it’s great for Rugby League, the Welsh love their Rugby and I’m sure the fans will get behind them. I am really looking forward to the clash, as I am sure the girls are too.”

18-player squad to face Wales:

Amy Boardman
Brogan Churm
Aimee Cleaver
Sophie Cleverly
Paige Costello
Leah Darbyshire
Anna Mary Davies
Vannessa Hadley
Sarah Lovejoy
Keira McCosh
Victoria Molyneux
Grace Morley
Mairead Quinn
Aimee Rice
Katie Stephens
Emily Stirzaker
Katy Tordoff
Rebekah Wilson


MATCH REPORT | Team GB Teachers Women v UK Armed Forces Women

Team GB Teachers Women narrowly beat UK Armed Forces Women 22-20 in an end to end battle on Sunday afternoon.


It was the Armed Forces who crossed for the first of the afternoon as the ever-threatening Abby Eatock raced away to touch down after just two minutes, Carrie Roberts added the extras and the visitors had the early 6-0 advantage.

Team GB hit back almost immediately though, as the Teachers worked well in attack and create an overlap on the left edge for Grace Morley to dart over. Leah Jones was just wide with the extras and it was 6-4 to UKAF. Team GB took the lead for the first time in the match in the 12th minute, Mairead Quinn putting in a kick which fell directly to Paige Costello who just had to find the whitewash and she did with ease, Leah Jones was on target this time for 10-6.

The Armed Forces levelled things once more in the 20thminute, this time Carrie Roberts finding her way over after some heavy pressure from the forces, the conversion attempt from Roberts ricocheted back off the uprights and it was all square at 10-10.

The Teachers got their noses in front again moments later, as Amy Boardman crashed over from short range and Leah Jones converting for 16-10. That was before UKAF drew level for a second time with Jodie Mills striding over in the right corner and Roberts adding the extras to see the half-time score at 16-16.

The second forty was a much quieter affair, with both teams putting in big defensive shifts as the lions continued to battle for victory. Katy Tordoff edged the Teachers back in front with some good work down the right edge, before muscling her way over, the conversion from Jones stretching Team Gb to 22-16.

Abby Eatock had the last say of the game, the full-back getting her second of the game in similar style to the first, as she added the pace and stretched out an arm to get the ball down on the right side, Carrie Roberts couldn’t find the target with the conversion attempt and UKAF trailed 22-20 with minutes left on the clock.

The forces tested the teachers in the late stages, but good defensive from John Whalley’s side saw them hold on for an important first friendly win.

MATCH DETAILS 

Team GB: Leah Jones, Anna Mary Davies, Grace Morley, Stacey White, Leah Darbyshire, Mairead Quinn (VC), Emily Stirzaker, Keira McCosh, Amy Boardman, Sarah Lovejoy, Rebekah Wilson, Paige Costello, Victoria Molyneux (C)
Interchanges: Aimee Cleaver, Vannessa Hadley, Katie Stephens, Katy Tordoff, Sophie Cleverly, Aimee Rice

Tries: G.Morley, P.Costello, A.Boardman, K.Tordoff
Goals: L.Jones 3/4

UK Armed Forces: Abby Eatock, Jess McCauley, Becky Bowskill, Sian McLaughlin, Jodie Mills, Carrie Roberts, Emily White (C), Gillian Campbell, Emma Swinton, Vicky Lea, Laura Latimer, Ella Donnelly, Beth Dainton
Interchanges: Bella Inglis, Steph Armstrong, Shannon Bennett, Angela Carr

Tries: A.Eatock (2), C.Roberts, J.Mills
Goals: C.Roberts 2/4

MATCH REACTION | Head Coach, John Whalley

Speaking on his side’s victory, Whalley said: “I’m really happy that we came away with the win. I thought we played some really good rugby and defended well having only trained together twice before today’s match. I thought our desire and effort to get the result was outstanding.”

“I think getting today’s game out of the way was important for us, to see where we are at. The girls are a smart bunch and spoke really positively after the game about what needs fixing up, being smart in certain areas and learning to build pressure. Now we’re fully focused and ready to go into our game against Wales next weekend.”

Vice-Captain, Mairead Quinn, was chosen as today’s player of the match after some big effort against the Armed Forces. On his stand outs, the head coach added: “There were some really good performances out there today, our middles worked really hard. Vicky Molyneux led by example from the first minute, Anna Mary Davies work rate was brilliant in her first ever game of Rugby League but for me, Mairead Quinn directed us well across the park and had a great all-round performance.”

WHALLEY PREVIEWS UKAF


Team GB Women’s Teachers prepare to take on UK Armed Forces Women on Sunday 20th October in the first fixture since the 24-player squad for 2019 formed. 

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Head Coach, John Whalley said: “I expect a real tough game on Sunday. Danny (Rodgers) the Head Coach will have his troops ready to go, he is a great bloke and someone I have a lot of respect for. He has some great players in the squad with Abby Eatock one to watch, she was part of the winning Leeds Rhinos side in the Super League Grand Final last week and we will certainly have one eye on her.”

“I'm really happy with how we’re coming together, the girls are building up some great team spirit and are buying into what we want to achieve as a group. I'm looking forward to seeing where we are at and then we can build on that moving forward.”

He added: “It’s a great mix from Dancers, Athletes, International Footballers, Rugby Union players to experienced Rugby League players from all 3 tiers in the Women's Rugby League game - from Grand Final winners to former Champion schools players, they all have great morals and standards and want to have a dig.”

There will be a curtain raiser on the day as Wigan St Jude’s U8s Golds take on Wigan St Patrick’s U8s at 12:45pm before the Women’s game gets underway. On the curtain raiser, Whalley said: “I think it is massively important that we involve our juniors, they are the future of this great sport and what better way than two local sides from the town to be our undercard. I've personally played in a good few Jude’s v Pats’derby games over the years from being 8 years old and they were brilliant, so for these kids to curtain raise before an International game - they won't forget it.”

Team GB Women’s Teachers recently announced Victoria Molyneux as Captain, with Mairead Quinn to vice-Captain the side. The squad now have a firm leadership group heading into their opening two fixtures. 


“I'm a big fan of leadership groups, it certainly takes the pressure off just having a captain doing all the work. Vicky Molyneux as Captain and vice-Captain Mairead Quinn will be joined in the group by St Helens’ prop Sarah Lovejoy, who brings so much experience and knowledge to the squad along with Paige Costello who is great to have amongst the squad her enthusiasm is brilliant. Emily Stirzaker's will complete the group, her commitment and standards are fantastic, she’s a winner who doesn't say much, but leads by example.”


“When you have 5 or 6 players driving the standards and pulling the team together it's very easy for the other players to follow, also having that link between the playing group and staff for me is very important.”

The fixture will be played at Wigan St Jude’s Amateur Rugby Club, Keats Avenue, Wigan WN3 5UB with a 2pm kick-off. The fixture is free to attend, though donations will be welcome towards the cancer treatment of young Wigan St Jude’s player, Josh Mawdsley.


TEAM GB CAPTAINCY TEAM ANNOUNCED


Team GB Women's Teachers are happy to announce its Captain and Vice-Captain for their upcoming fixtures. After much deliberation, Head Coach, John Whalley, has chosen Victoria Molyneux to Captain his side, with Mairead Quinn as vice-Captain.


Vicky Molyneux comes with a wealth of experience having represented at club, County and International level in Rugby League and has returned to the sport in the past 12-months to feature for Super League Champions, Wigan Warriors.


Speaking on her appointment as Captain, Molyneux said: "I’m shocked and honoured. It’s been a whirlwind of a season in which a lot has happened, lots of surprises but it’s a great honour to be asked to Captain the teachers side."


The newly-named Captain admits that there may be some nerves on game day: "Of course I always want to win, I don’t like losing. But to represent your Country in whatever capacity is a great achievement so I think the nerves may be more prominent prior to kick off!"


Molyneux is ready to embrace her new role, however, with a hope to drive a winning and hard-working mentality into the side: “I believe that defence wins games. So my style of play is fairly simple - run hard, work hard, hit hard, defend well and complete your sets."


"That is what I will be encouraging the girls to do on be pitch alongside whatever game plan John wants us to work to. It’s key on the pitch to work together, when it gets tough to pull together, work for each other and keep going. I hope to drive that mentality."


Mairead Quinn also boasts a great Rugby League career, representing Leigh Miners Rangers at club level, who were runners up in last year's Women's Championship Grand Final, and has also played for Lancashire on a number of occasions, even Captaining the side.


On being selected as Vice-Captain, Quinn said: "It's an honour to have been selected as vice-Captain and it came as a massive shock, but it's a challenge I'm looking forward to."


"The diversity of the group is an exciting one, everyone has different backgrounds and experience in their Rugby League career, but we're all there for one reason."

She added: "I've previously played alongside a few of the other girls in the squad, so I’m excited to get back on the pitch and play alongside them again."


Team GB Women’s Teachers will also be running a leadership group in their bid to become a formidable force, with the group to be decided by fellow players and staff, and will be announced at a later stage. You can see Team GB Women’s Teachers take on UK Armed Forces Rugby League on Sunday 20th October 2019 at Wigan St Jude’s Rugby Club, Wigan with a 2pm Kick Off.



Team GB Women’s Teachers are pleased to announce their first scheduled fixture of 2019, where they will play host to the UK Armed Forces.

Following a successful first squad session on Saturday 21st September, Team GB Women’s Teachers can confirm that they will play against the UK Armed Forces Rugby League in their opening game of 2019, on Sunday 20th October at St Jude’s Rugby Club in Wigan. The fixture will mark Head Coach, John Whalley’s first in charge.

Though it will be the first game as a team for the newest selection of Team GB Teachers, their opposition UKAFRL have had the chance to face Women’s Super League opposition on a couple of occasions in 2019. Speaking on their opponents, Head Coach, John Whalley said: “UKAF are a really good team with some quality players in Abby Eatock and Collete Broome to name but a few. With a few games under their belts against Super League opposition already this year it will definitely put them in good stead, they are lead well by Coach Danny Rogers who will certainly have his troops well drilled.”


He added: “I am really looking forward to the game with it being our first hit out and the start of our journey with some really positive vibes in camp and the girls are ready to go, it will certainly be one to watch!”

A reminder of the Team GB Women’s Teachers Squad which will be available for the opening fixture: 

Amy Boardman (Bradford Bulls)
Charlotte Booth (Leeds Rhinos)
Brogan Churm (Featherstone Rovers)
Aimee Cleaver (Widnes Vikings)
Sophie Cleverly (Bath RU)
Paige Costello (Bradford Bulls)
Leah Darbyshire (Wigan Warriors)
Anna Mary Davies (Bath RU)
Vanessa Hadley (St Helens)
Leah Jones (Bradford Bulls)
Sarah Lovejoy (St Helens)
Keira McCosh (Warrington Wolves)
Victoria Molyneux (Wigan Warriors)
Grace Morley (Leigh Miners)
Mairead Quinn (Leigh Miners)

Aimee Rice (Wigan St Patrick’s)
Rowanne Smalley (Warrington Wolves)
Katie Stephens (Rochdale Hornets)
Emily Stirzaker (Barrow)
Georgia Taylor (York City Knights)
Lauren Teal (Stanningley)

Katy Tordoff (Castleford Tigers)

Stacey White (Harlequins RU)

Rebekah Wilson (Warrington Wolves)


Team GB Women’s Teachers Squad Announced


Head Coach John Whalley is delighted to announce his Team GB Women’s Teachers 24-player squad to compete as part of their four-year plan.

Speaking on the announcement, Whalley said: “We had over 100 people trial altogether, and to get that down from 100 to just 24 was a massive headache, but the kind of headache every coach would want with some very good players missing out.”

“That just goes to show the growth in Women’s Rugby League at the moment, it is better than ever and I am really looking forward to starting now.”

He added: “With over 70 girls still in our system that didn’t make the main GB team, and the many more that we might find along the way, we will be running both a North and South development team, leading a pathway to our full set up for the future.”


The squad comprises of 11 Women’s Super League Players, including a handful of seasoned England representatives and a Challenge Cup winner so far in 2019, Charlotte Booth. 

Head Coach, John Whalley, has also picked four notable Rugby Union players who will switch codes to represent Great Britain. Top of the Women’s Championship, Warrington Wolves, boast a haul of three representatives, with second placed Barrow also seeing Emily Stirzaker involved in the set up.

Fixtures for the Team GB Women’s Teachers will be announced in due course. 

TEAM GB WOMEN’S TEACHERS FIRST TEAM SQUAD

Amy Boardman (Bradford Bulls)
Charlotte Booth (Leeds Rhinos)
Brogan Churm (Featherstone Rovers)
Aimee Cleaver (Widnes Vikings)
Sophie Cleverly (Bath RU)
Paige Costello (Bradford Bulls)
Leah Darbyshire (Wigan Warriors)
Anna Mary Davies (Bath RU)
Vanessa Hadley (St Helens)
Leah Jones (Bradford Bulls)
Sarah Lovejoy (St Helens)
Keira McCosh (Warrington Wolves)
Victoria Molyneux (Wigan Warriors)
Grace Morley (Leigh Miners)
Mairead Quinn (Leigh Miners)

Aimee Rice (Wigan St Patrick’s)
Rowanne Smalley (Warrington Wolves)
Katie Stephens (Rochdale Hornets)
Emily Stirzaker (Barrow)
Georgia Taylor (York City Knights)
Lauren Teal (Stanningley)
Katy Tordoff (Castleford Tigers)
Stacey White (Harlequins RU)
Rebekah Wilson (Warrington Wolves)


TEAM GB WOMEN’S TEACHERS STAFF


John Whalley – Head Coach 
Stuart Prior – Tour Manager
Laura Fairbank – Team Manager 
Adrian Picton – Assistant Coach
Chris Pimblett – Player Welfare
Kieron Ainscough – Physiotherapist 
Elaine Halliwell – Kit Lady

Charlotte Fletcher - Head of Media



Team GB Trials Draw To A Close


Trials for the Team GB Women’s Teachers squad came to a close with the final session taking place on Saturday 24th August as Head Coach, John Whalley, and his team held their North trial at the home of Wigan St Jude’s.

Speaking on the trial session, Whalley said: “We used thefacilities at Wigan St Jude’s for the North trial, and they are the some of the best in Amateur rugby league with a 3G pitch, assault course, fully kitted out gym and 5 rugby pitches to choose from it was very easy to choose this venue.”

“The trial went really well with very good numbers I was really impressed with the competitiveness between the trialists, the assault course really brought out some fun between groups and the field session went really well with some great skill on show.”


With the trial offering the last opportunity towards the squad decision, the Head Coach spoke on a few stand outs: “I thought Leah Jones and Paige Costello of Bradford were brilliant, really competitive against each other. Vannessa Hadley was a real surprise with some good core skill and very energetic, Emily Stirzaker from Barrow was great throughout,a real team player and young Lauren Teal from Stanningley has a really good attitude and went well - she is one to watch.”

Whalley added: “It was a great experience and we’re finding some real good characters that enjoy playing rugby, which is brilliant.”


With both trial sessions complete, Whalley now turns his attention to selecting a squad to begin the playing journey for Team GB Women’s Teachers. 


On the task ahead, he said: “I’m really looking forward now to the headache of the selection, myself and the staff have worked together in selecting the squad, which will be released on Sunday 1st September.”

“It has been a great experience getting to this point, and we have many more exciting times ahead.”


The full squad for the Team GB Women’s Teachers will be announced on Sunday 1st September, with details of upcoming fixtures released accordingly.




Team GB Women’s Teachers Trials Underway.


August 7th, 2019


Trials for the Team GB Women’s Teachers squad got underway on Saturday 3rd August as Head Coach, John Whalley, and his team held their first open trial at the home of the Gloucester All Golds. The trial was attended by manyhopefuls as the first stage of the four-year plan got off to a flying start.

Speaking on the trials, Whalley said: “First of all I’d like to thank Gloucester All Golds, our hosts for the GB Midlands & South combined trial at St Peter’s High School. The All Golds owner, Lionel Hurst, allowed us to use the full facilities I will say they are some of the best I've come across.”


“The trial went really well, we tested the girls with a lot of skill based small sided games, their attitudes were fantastic and their willingness to learn and challenge themselves was something that really impressed me.”


With a keen eye and the hope of building a strong team to take forward, the Head Coach added: “I was really impressed with several trialists. Two Bath Rugby Union girls, Anna Mary Davis and Sophie Cleverley, who have no previous experience in Rugby League were fantastic - their skill set, attitudes and keen nature to learn the basics of Rugby League was nice to see. Rebecca Piddlesden from Harlequins Rugby Union also had some of the best core skills I've seen in Women's rugby.”


In the first of the group sessions, Whalley was particularly upbeat from what he had seen: “It was a very positive experience indeed, to come across what I see as hidden talent is a breath of fresh air, I'm really looking forward to watching all the trialists develop over the coming years whether that’s in our development or full Great Britain squad.”


“Wrapping up in Gloucester and moving our attentions now to Wigan for the next trial, I'm really excited to what the next one has in store to assemble a squad for the friendly matches in October, with history to be made it is exciting times ahead for Women's Rugby League.”


The North trials will take place at Wigan St Jude’s on Saturday 24th August from 10am-2pm. For further information please contact johngbteachersrl@gmail.com




Team GB Women’s Teachers Set Up Announced!


Head Coach, John Whalley talks us through the set up as Team GB Teachers prepare to put their four-year plan into action. 


Whalley, who comes from a professional Rugby League background, has played for Warrington Wolves at reserve grade, before moving to Swinton Lions in the early 2000s and then progressing onto Blackpool Panthers where he finished his playing career.

Whalley went on to coach as a range of local grassroots clubs, before joining the Wigan Warriors Super League set up as Women’s attacking coach. He was head coach of the Warriors U19s girls, and is now a Women’s Super League assistant coach. At International level he has played for Ireland,coached England Lionhearts, touring Italy and Jamaica, andalso involved in England talent pathway set up with RFL, build up to the 2021 and 2025 World Cups.

On being handed the role of Head Coach for Team GB Teachers, he said: “To get the role was a proud moment and it is a great honour to get to head up any team, but to do it for a GB set up, it’s something I’m extremely proud of.”

“It’s a four-year plan, so it’s exciting being able to put my own mark on a team from nothing to recruiting staff and players, and being able to build an International team with a good culture and a good set up. It’s something I’m really looking forward to putting into place.”


The application process has already started, with Whalley also having been building a collection of backroom staff to help along the way. On the applications, he said: “We’ve had over 100 applicants, I think that shows that the growth of the game is great, but to get that in a teaching environment it’s fantastic. Some of them are from Championship and Super League backgrounds, and some from Rugby Union, so it’ll be great to get in and meet these new faces. It’ll be nice to bring them all together and create a team that will go on and develop over the next four years on the journey that’s planned.”

With applicants from all over the UK showing interest, the Head Coach explains that the trial sessions will be split initially before his finalised team will come together for training sessions.

“We’re going to host a Midlands and South combined session as well as North sessions. From there we’ll pick the squad to go forward into games in the back end of 2019 and early 2020. We’re looking at having around 35-40 players within the train-on squad, they will get their opportunities over the coming three friendlies that we’re looking to get into place and a squad of around 22-23 players will be selected for a European tour at the end of 2020.”

Summarising the initial set up, Whalley said: “I’m really excited to get started, it’s an exciting opportunity for myself and my staff, and the players as well. To be involved in the International set up it’s something that we’ll all be proud of, hopefully we can get a good team together to create some exciting times and really push the Great Britain set up.”

Further details of trials, training and other sessions will be announced in due course. For any queries, please contact johngbteachersrl@gmail.com