Knights set to be represented on international stage

Published: 22 October, 2021 - 10:33 am

While the domestic season may have ended for the Knights, the club is in line to be represented this weekend with five internationals across three teams taking part in matches this Sunday.

Firstly, on Saturday afternoon, England Women take on their French counterparts as part of a double-header with the Men’s team. Both matches will be shown live on the BBC, with the Women’s match kicking off at 12pm on BBC Two with Knights Ladies duo Savannah Andrade and Grace Field both named in the starting thirteen.

For Andrade, the match will be her international debut, one thoroughly deserved after a superb season with the Knights after joining from Bradford in May.

On her inclusion at centre, Andrade said: “I’m really proud to be able to represent my country. Over the last couple of years, especially this last season, my game has improved massively and come on leaps and bounds being at York.

“I feel like I’m now where I want to be in rugby and I’m looking forward to my future with the World Cup being my main goal.

“Putting on the England shirt at camp the other day felt amazing and anyone who plays sport knows the biggest achievement is to represent your country,

“Also being of mixed heritage, I hope I can inspire girls from ethnic minorities to give rugby a go as it’s a sport that really brings everyone together.”

Prop forward Field will be making her fourth international appearance and, on her inclusion, said: “It’s always an honour to be selected for your country and I’m really pleased to be playing against France. I think it’s testament to the work that the girls have done at York this year that we’ve had so many players selected in the 20-player squad. You’re only as good as the team around you.

“I’m really happy to be making my fourth appearance in an England shirt. I never really thought I’d get to this point but it’s really exciting and another opportunity to hopefully showcase how good Women’s Rugby League is and an opportunity to grow the game!”

On Sunday, the Knights’ 2022 Men’s team will have three players looking to take to the field as Scotland face Jamaica at Featherstone’s Millenium Stadium, a match kicking off at 3pm with viewers able to watch live on Our League.

Jack Teanby and new recruit Will Oakes are in line to represent the Bravehearts, with the former set to make his international debut.

Prop forward Teanby said: “I’m really excited with the call up to represent Scotland. I wasn’t expecting to make it this far with the quality of the lads eligible to play and, if I’m selected to play, it will be a big achievement to gain my first international cap.

“Pulling on the Scotland shirt and being able to represent my Scottish heritage will be a proud moment. The heritage comes from my Grandad who was a big part of my life and got me into rugby. If it wasn’t for him and my family’s support, I don’t think I would be in this position so, if I’m selected in the seventeen, I can wear the jersey with pride and make my grandad, family and teammates proud.”

After signing a deal to return to the Knights, 2018 and 2019 loanee Oakes said: “It’s always exciting to pull on that shirt for Scotland so hopefully we can have a big game on Sunday and then keep pushing towards the World Cup at the end of next season.”

Lining up for their Jamaican opposition could be centre Jacob Ogden, a new recruit from London Broncos. After signing a two-year deal with the Knights, Ogden pulled on the Reggae Warriors’ shirt last Friday against England Knights and will be looking to do so again this weekend.

“It’s always a honour to represent Jamaica and my heritage. Whenever I put on the shirt I’m doing it for myself, my family and the people back home on the island,” he said.

“This week is a big game against Scotland on Sunday and the boys having been training hard. We’re focused ready for this weekend’s match.”

You can watch the England Women’s match against France LIVE on BBC Two from midday on Saturday, while the Jamaica vs Scotland match on Sunday will be available to watch on Our League. Kicking off at 3pm, viewers can purchase a Live Stream Pass to take in the action from Featherstone for just £4.95.