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Army sergeant joins Saints Women’s team

St.Helens Women have again added to their squad as Carrie Roberts joins the Club after signing from the British Army.

Head Coach Derek Hardman bolstered his squad recently after former Bradford captain Amy Hardcastle joined the Saints and now Roberts has followed in her footsteps ahead of the new campaign.

St.Helens born, Roberts who plays in the centre position, started her rugby playing career for the ARU (W) – The Women’s Army Rugby Union team along with her civilian team Saracens before she moved to Bristol Ladies at the age of 20.

Due to operational requirements, she was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 and upon her return, decided to take up Boxing where she represented the Army and competed for the REME in the UKAF national development championships.

Roberts then re-discovered her love for rugby and switched codes at the age of 24 to play rugby league for local side Thatto Heath Crusaders and the ARL (W) in 2015, before she was fortunate enough to be selected to tour France with the England Rugby League squad.

After a short break, 2019 saw Roberts return to back to ARL (W) and it was a fantastic season, as she was part of the team who won the 2019 challenge shield whilst she was selected for the England Performance Squad and given the opportunity to play in the Origin series.

On joining the Saints, Roberts said: “I am a St.Helens girl and as soon as I was given the opportunity to play for my hometown Club, I knew it was something I couldn’t let pass me by.

“Dec and the Club have put together a strong Women’s squad and I can’t wait to get started.”

Derek Hardman, St.Helens Women’s Head Coach said: “Carrie is a real talent and we have been tracking her progress throughout her Army career for some time. 

“I am thrilled she has agreed to join us and I am excited about the squad we have now assembled ahead of the season commencing.”

Roberts joins Gemma Walsh and Hardcastle as off-season signings.

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