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The Lionesses are training for the World Cup in 2003
The days when rugby league was just a game for men are over.

This is the 21st century, you know.

It is time for girls and women to get to grips with the beautiful game.

Rugby league is now one of the fastest growing female sports in England.

It's easy to see why - it's fast, furious and seriously physical.

More and more girls are taking to the rugby field, hoping to follow the likes of Jane Banks, Lisa McIntosh and Rebecca Stevens into the Great Britain squad.

And with organisations like the Girls Rugby League Association (GRLA) around, those hopes are fast becoming reality.

The Lionesses pose for a photo before their tour to Australia
Rugby league is growing in popularity with girls

Aimed at girls between the ages of 12-16, the GRLA aims to make those girls with talent into full internationals.

And they're not doing a bad job so far, judging by the number of players who have gone on to play for Great Britain.

The rewards of being a full international are pretty good too.

Fancy travelling to play the best women across the other side of the world?

Thought so.

And next year will see a major new first in the world of women's rugby league - the first ever women's World Cup in New Zealand.

But before you start dreaming about holding the trophy above your head in front of a packed stadium, get in touch with your local girls club.


Where is my local girls club?
Bradford Bulls: Contact Daryl Clark 01274 572696
Pendle Panthers: Contact Steve Swann 01254 875243
Hillside Hawks: Contact Helen Cobb 01706 656523
Sunderland Storm: Contact Steve Hall 0191 297 0548
Leyland Warriors: Contact Bill Coulshed 01772 467056
Castleford Panthers: Contact Bev Walker 01977 515409
Halifax: Chris Holdsworth 01422 824470
Whitley Bay: Contact Ken Sykes 0191 2970548
Stanningley: Contact Sam Brook 01132 566243
Wath Brow Hornets: Contact Neil Gregg 01946 852808

Other useful contacts
Lisa Jagger National manager, women and girl rugby league development department 0113 237 5014
David Raybould Administration co-ordinator, 07764 470828
Rugby Football League 0113 232 9111
British Amateur Rugby League Association 01484 544131

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