Wales rugby union international switches codes to make Women’s Super League move

James Gordon
Bethan Dainton

Wales rugby union international Bethan Dainton has left Premier 15s club Harlequins to link up with Leeds in the Women’s Super League.

Dainton, 33, is a Bombardier in the Army hailing from Caerphilly and is now training with the Super League champions.

She already has some rugby league experience, having represented Wales in their mid-season international against England earlier in 2022, as well as playing for the Army.

In union, she was won eight caps for Wales playing in the back-row.

Successful sporting career

Bethan Dainton was part of the Harlequins squad that won the Premier 15s title in 2021 and became the first servicewoman to represent the Barbarians.

The serving soldier scored two tries for the Army as they beat the Royal Navy at Twickenham last season and aims to continue playing for the Army in both union and league.

Quins said of Dainton’s departure: “The Club thanks Bethan for her time with the team and wishes her the best with the next step in her sporting career.”

Dainton’s sporting pedigree includes crossfit, football and athletics, and started in rugby as a winger before moving to the fowards.

In October, she was awarded MVP of the International Defence Rugby competition in New Zealand while playing for UK Armed Forces.

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