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29 August 2023

Lioness Mia Atherton selected for ground-breaking England Tour!

We are proud to announce that our very own Mia-Jayne Atherton has been selected for the England Community team’s tour of Serbia this coming October.

Mia’s selection is a great honour for both herself and the club, following a rigorous selection process by which an original 140 players were narrowed down to the final squad of just 20.

Well done Mia, we are very proud of you!

The Rugby Football League reports :-

This Autumn the England Community Lionesses make history with a first ever tour away from the United Kingdom.

A squad of twenty players will board the plane to Belgrade on 7th October, returning on the 15th after playing two tests against the Serbia Women’s national side on the 8th and 14th.

The squad sees a real mix of players from across the Women’s community game with two selected from new Women’s Super League South champions London Broncos, five from Sheffield Eagles, three from Stanningley and Hull Kingston Rovers, two each from Dewsbury Moor and Thatto Heath Crusaders and one each from Swinton Lions, Bedford Tigers and Leamington Royals.

Head coach for the trip is Peter Grayburn with Jack Coates and Martina Greenwood assisting.

Three members of this playing group were included in the last Lionesses squad that defeated England DISE 22-18 earlier this year, they were Sue Nuemann (London Broncos), Nichola Gross (Bedford Tigers) and Mia-Jayne Atherton (Swinton Lions).

The squad was selected after a trial process that originally started with 140 names nominated.

The full playing group to head to Serbia is:

Mia-Jayne Atherton (Swinton Lionesses), Claire Fisher, Sarah Palmer, Lisa Parker, Agnes Wood, Victoria Thomas (all Sheffield Eagles), Tilly Davies, Lauren Exley, Chloe Wainwright-Morley (all Stanningley), Aalia Brewster, Lois Brown, Carla Nolan (all Hull KR), Sue Nuemann, Sophie Messem (both London Broncos), Faye Barraclough, Nancy Hirst (both Dewsbury Moor), Olivia Argent, Arabella Reed (both Thatto Heath Crusaders), Nichola Gross (Bedford Tigers) and Sophie Henry (Leamington Royals).


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