Saints in France for Mid-Season International

England Men & Women take on France in Toulouse at the Stade Ernest-Wallon as French Rugby League (FFR XIII) celebrates 90 years of the game in the republic.

St.Helens have vested interest in both matches which will be broadcast live on SuperLeague+ for FREE. It will all kick-off with England Women versus France Women at 2:30pm (UK)/3:30pm (France) and followed by the Men’s international fixture at 5pm (UK)/6pm (France).


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First up in the Women’s fixture, the Saints have seven of our St.Helens Women’s team selected by Stuart Barrow for the international against France, as well as Saints Reserves Head Coach and former Saints Women’s Head Coach Derek Hardman working as one of Barrow’s Assistant Coaches.

England and St.Helens Captain Jodie Cunningham is joined by Zoe Harris, Katie Mottershead, Emily Rudge, Erin Stott, Paige Travis and Vicky Whitfield. For Mottershead she could make her senior international debut after impressing during the 2024 season so far!

Top row L-R: Cunningham, Harris, Mottershead, and Rudge Bottom row L-R: Stott, Travis, Whitfield, and Hardman

Read more on the England Women’s squad by clicking here

Looking at the France Men’s team, on what will be a marquee event for them, St.Helens First Team Assistant Coach Laurent Frayssinous will be the French Head Coach and looking to get a big result in Toulouse.

Frayssinous was a French international as a player and has been the France Head Coach since February 2021 and led the national team to the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 (although delayed until 2022).

Naming a 22-man squad for Saturday’s match against England, with the majority coming from Catalans Dragons, Frayssinous has backed his group as the “best that France has known for quite some time”. 

France Men’s Head Coach – Laurent Frayssinous

Over in the England Men’s camp, St.Helens have three of our First Team who are part of Shaun Wane’s squad selection, however the England Head Coach will not be in France himself due to an ankle operation earlier this week so Andy Last as Assistant Coach Andy Last will be tasked with leading England.

George Delaney earns a first call up to the England senior side after a breakthrough two seasons for the Saints. The young prop has been part of the England Pathways programme, representing England Knights against Scotland in 2022.

Jack Welsby and Matty Lees retain their places in the team that secured a home series whitewash over Tonga last autumn. Welsby was named captain for the opening two matches of that series, becoming England’s youngest ever captain in doing so too. Lees featured in all three matches of that series, starting at prop in all three matches.

Read more on the England Men’s squad by clicking here

L-R: Delaney, Lees, and Welsby

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