Marshall swaps Leeds for Castleford in shock WSL transfer

Sebastian Sternik

In a move that has taken women’s rugby league by surprise, Rhiannion Marshall has decided to switch clubs and join Castleford Tigers Women for the 2019 season.  

Marshall, 25, enjoyed a successful season with Leeds which included a Grand Final appearance and a Challenge Cup victory at the expense of the Tigresses. 

She left the club at the end of the season and approached Castleford after returning from international duty. 

Marshall said: “I wanted to progress and get a little bit more experience playing with a new coach and playing alongside new people.

“I went to play for England and got on very well with the five girls from Castleford. I think that was the edge of joining Castleford and asking Lindsay [head coach] if I were welcome.” 

The forward has previously played for Bradford Bulls and was part of the 2017 squad which remained unbeaten for the full calendar year.

More recently, Marshall has gone on to captain the Rhinos in their last few games of the season.

The Doncaster-born player hopes that her wealth of experience will aid Castleford in their pursuit of silverware next season.

She added: “I think the future is very bright for Cas. There’s a lot of young players here, very talented players as well. I think having a bit of experience playing in the middle will lead to a successful 2019 season.”

Castleford Tigers head coach, Lindsay Anfield, said: “Rhiannion is a top-class player and will no doubt be a great addition to our team ahead of the new season.”

Marshall is set to make her first appearance for the team in pre-season. Warm up fixtures are expected to be released in the near future.