Wakefield launch women’s team

Wakefield have become the first Super League side to launch a women’s rugby league team.

Wakefield Trinity Ladies will enter the Women’s Premier League, which currently contains 12 clubs, next year.

Championship clubs such Featherstone Rovers and Bradford Bulls already have teams competing in the division.

“As a team, this presents us with endless opportunities for players, coaches and team development,” head coach Joanne Phillips said in a statement.

“More importantly it helps us to promote the women’s game within the Wakefield community, and hopefully engage more women and girls to participate within rugby league.”

Trinity Ladies will play their home games at local amateur club Sharlston Rovers.

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