12 Days of Christmas 7

The Women are taking centre stage again on day 7 of our “12 Days of Christmas” success stories. This time we are celebrating the Women who picked up caps in the first ever Wales Women’s matches.

πŸŽ„ When the Outlaws first looked at trying to form a Women’s team the expectation was that it would take a few years to build. But as soon as the final whistle blew on that first game against Cardiff Blue Dragons it was apparent that there was enough talented Women in Wales to put together a national side.

The first ever Women’s Origin game was played on 25th August 2019 between East and West Wales with East winning 32-6. The Origin was used as a selection trial for the inaugural Wales Women side and a 23-woman squad was announced.

Shortly afterwards the first 2 international matches were announced.

The first one was Wales Women vs GB Teachers Women.

The following Outlaws were named in the 23-woman squad for the GB Teachers clash:

NameOutlaws Heritage Number
Stacey Wright1
Joeann McGuire8
Rhian Stephens9
Ffion Owen12
Zoe Lewis13
Shaunni Davies21
Sara Prosser24
Megan Oaten25
Karla Benjamin26

This game was never going to be an easy affair with a large number of the GB Teachers players playing in the Super League and Championship. Wales led 6-4 at half time but the vastly more experienced Teachers side run riot in the second half eventually winning 30-6.

You can watch the full match here:

The second match took place on Saturday 16th November 2019.

For the second match, Wales travelled up to St Helens to take on the England Lions Women. The following Outlaws were selected for the 19-woman squad:

NameOutlaws Heritage Number
Stacey Wright1
Joeann McGuire8
Rhian Stephens9
Zoe Lewis13
Shaunni Davies21
Megan Oaten25
Karla Benjamin26

This was a real close match with Wales eventually being triumphant and beating the English 24-20.

Zoe Lewis became the first ever Outlaw to score for Wales when she grabbed a try just after half time. Shaunni Davies then grabbed a brace of tries to become the Outlaws top international points scorer.

You can catch all the action from that match here:

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