RISING rugby league star Rebecca Greenfield from Horwich has been selected to represent England Women on their historic tour of Papua New Guinea.

Rebecca is one of the 23-strong squad who will compete in two Test matches on November 9 and 16, in what will be a poignant moment not only for England Women, but also for international women’s rugby league in general.

The women’s game is experiencing unprecedented growth and the Edge Hill University student is flying the flag for the sport – having been described by England Rugby League as “an outstanding young player” and praised for demonstrating “growth, integrity, pride, commitment and resilience.”

Speaking about her international call-up, full-back Rebecca said: “I am privileged to be selected to board that plane and hopefully pull on that England shirt and represent my country over in Papua New Guinea.

“It will be an amazing experience, being able to explore the different cultures and perform at the highest level.”

The 21-year-old is also set to receive a Sports Scholarship Award next month by Edge Hill University in recognition of her sporting achievements, which include leading Wigan Warriors to their 2018 Women’s Super League title in its debut season in the competition.

Rebecca was also selected for England Rugby League’s National Performance Programme and went on to represent England in a Test match against France, scoring a try in a 54-4 victory.

A keen ambassador for females playing rugby, Rebecca says she is proud to see a surge in women taking up the sport.

She has been supporting the new Women in Rugby brand identity and landmark global campaign ‘Try and Stop Us’, which is aimed at driving increased participation and engagement among fans, audience, players and investors in the women’s game.

“The increase in publicity and media around women’s rugby league has helped the growth of the game massively, with televised games, better experiences and opportunities,” added Rebecca.

“The growth of the game just keeps on giving, and the enjoyment that comes with participating in the game is something I thrive on.

“I’m proud to see the increasing numbers of girls that are trying out the sport, helping to meet the aim for the 2021 World Cup – for 21,000 women and girls to play rugby league by 2021.”