Saints Women snap up England World Cup star Hardcastle

St.Helens Women have bolstered their squad with the signing of England International and former Bradford captain Amy Hardcastle.

Hardcastle, who can play in the centre or on the wing, brings with her a wealth of experience having already represented her country at both the 2013 and 2017 World Cups and has her sights set on a hat-trick in 2021.

The 31-year-old has scored 14 tries in 17 games for England since making her international debut in 2009 and was also recently named in the team of the decade selected by the NRL – the only England player to be recognised.

On joining the Saints Hardcastle said: “I want to take this new opportunity to continue my progression in rugby league, to find the best version of myself by reaching my full potential ahead of the World Cup.

“I believe I can achieve this at  St.Helens and I’m looking forward to this new chapter.

“My mums always says it’s not where you start it’s where you finish.”

Derek Hardman, St.Helens Women’s Head Coach said: “I am delighted Amy has decided to join us ahead of the new campaign.

“She has years of experience having played in two World Cups and that can only benefit our group moving forward.

“We welcome her with open arms and we are excited to work with her when the season gets going.”

Hardcastle has hit the headlines off the pitch recently, as she continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in A&E as a healthcare assistant at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Amy joins another recent new signing, former Wigan captain, Gemma Walsh, in signing for Saints ahead of the new season.

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