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Courtney Winfield-Hill of Leeds could soon also wear an England jersey

The sporting rivalry between England and Australia runs deep, especially when it comes to cricket and rugby league.

These happen to be the two disciplines in which former Women’s Big Bash League opening bowler and current Betfred Women’s Super League scrum-half Courtney Winfield-Hill have also excelled.

But the Queensland-born Leeds Rhinos star is ready to take the plunge after her recent call-up to the England women’s performance squad and is thrilled to think she could don the white shirt instead of the green and gold from his homeland later. This year.

“It sounds really cool,” Winfield-Hill said of the prospect of being able to call herself an England international. “I think with the double-meaning, fancy surname, it’s very English, isn’t it?

“Besides looking really cool, it’s really cool. I had my first weekend with the girls and staff a few weeks ago and it was really great to engage with them.

“Most of them week in and week out is shaking hands thanks for the game and how are you and that’s about it so it was great to bond more meaningful and to wear the same colors and badge on practice shirts.

“It’s been a great learning space for me this year and I’m looking forward to staying there.”

Courtney Winfield-Hill left the York City Knights defense in her wake to score for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2021 Women's Super League semi-final.

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Courtney Winfield-Hill left the York City Knights defense in her wake to score for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2021 Women’s Super League semi-final.

Courtney Winfield-Hill left the York City Knights defense in her wake to score for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2021 Women’s Super League semi-final.

Winfield-Hill qualifies for England in home groups, having moved to Yorkshire in 2018 to be with his now wife Lauren Winfield-Hill, the England international cricketer, and joined the Rhinos where she is quickly established as one of the most remarkable players. in the Women’s Super League.

The 2019 Woman of Steel hasn’t completely severed her ties with Australia, although she plans to go through the process of becoming a full British citizen.

“I have multiple homes,” Winfield-Hill said. “You never know what’s going to happen in the future and I’m really looking forward to returning home to Australia at some point.

“But I would love to do six months and six months. Summer here is particularly beautiful, especially when cricket and rugby union are played in the same season.

It sounds really cool. I think with the double-meaning, fancy surname, it’s very English, isn’t it?

Courtney Winfield-Hill when summoned to England

“You never know what life is going to bring, so I’m definitely going to seek that citizenship and you can properly lock me in.”

Last year’s Women’s Super League campaign saw Leeds finish runners-up to St Helens in the grand final and it was a similar story last Saturday when they met in the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup final of this year, losing 18-8 to the holders at Elland Road. .

The Rhinos now have to wait until next Friday to kick off their 2022 league campaign in Group 1 when they take on Huddersfield Giants, who open against York City Knights this Sunday. The day’s other Group 1 fixture will see defending champions St Helens host Wigan Warriors.

Group 2 now comprises seven teams following Castleford Tigers’ decision to voluntarily leave Group 1 to help their long-term development and includes two newcomers to the competition in promoted Betfred Women’s Championship sides, Leigh Miners Rangers and Barrow Raiders.

St Helens achieved an unprecedented treble by winning the 2021 Women's Super League Grand Final

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St Helens achieved an unprecedented treble by winning the 2021 Women’s Super League Grand Final

St Helens achieved an unprecedented treble by winning the 2021 Women’s Super League Grand Final

Winfield-Hill and her Leeds teammates will be aiming to lead the charge to topple the Saints in 2022 and she also has the incentive to be part of this year’s Rugby League World Cup which could see her line up against Australia for England. in the knockout stages.

“Looking at the World Cup, it could be a possibility in the semi-finals or the final given that we are in different groups,” Winfield-Hill said. “To be honest, I would really love this opportunity – my two favorite teams are playing each other.

“That would be really cool and if anyone is in conflict it could be my family more than me but in the same breath I know they are completely on board here and when I told them about the opportunity , they shook me and said ‘you have to say yes’.

“If that were the case, I know they’ll come and book flights, and they won’t be far.”

Betfred Women’s Super League 2022 Round 1 Sunday fixtures

Group 1: St Helens v Wigan Warriors, Huddersfield Giants v York City Knights (both 2pm).

Group 2: Barrow Raiders vs Warrington Wolves (12pm), Leigh Miners Rangers vs Wakefield Trinity (2pm), Bradford Bulls vs Featherstone Rovers (5:15pm).

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