Home-turf World Cup incentive for Leeds Rhinos’ full-back Caitlin Beevers
LEEDS RHINOS and England star Caitlin Beevers admits she already has an eye on next year’s Women’s World Cup.
Beevers, 18, has the incentive of an opening game against Brazil at Emerald Headingley to spur her on over the next two domestic seasons. England will also face Papua New Guinea – who they drew with on tour last autumn – and Canada in the group stage of the 2021 competition.
“It is something to aim for,” said the full-back who helped Rhinos to the Coral Challenge Cup/Betfred Super League double last year and was nominated for the BBC young sports personality of the year honour.
“No matter when it is, everyone will be working their hardest.
“That’s important, if people play well [for their clubs] it will put us in good stead for the World Cup.”
England are waiting to hear when and where they will take on Papua New Guinea and Canada, but Beevers said the prospect of kicking off on home turf makes the competition a target for the entire Leeds Rhinos squad.
“I know Yorkshire people will get behind it, especially with it being at Leeds,” she added. “It is such an amazing stadium, it has got so much history.
“It is a fantastic place to play the opening game and I am sure people will travel from far and wide.
“We’ll be doing everything we can between now and then to build support.”