Calderdale quartet line up against French

Kirsty Moroney, Amy Hardcastle, Kim Field and Rachel Twibill
Kirsty Moroney, Amy Hardcastle, Kim Field and Rachel Twibill

Calderdale will have four representatives in the England womens’ team that takes on France in a Test match at Odsal on Friday night.

International regulars Kirsty Moroney, Rachel Twibill and Kim Field will be joined by the 23 year old centre Amy Hardcastle, who will be playing her first Test on home soil after a single appearance in France.

Hardcastle, who now plays her club rugby for Bradford Thunderbirds having cut her teeth at Siddal, is expected to be handed a starting role in a side coached by the Swinton boss Steve McCormack.

Hardcastle has only been playing the game a little over three years, a learning curve that was interrupted by the birth of her daughter 18 months ago.

“I cannot wait for the game,” said Hardcastle.

“Even just going into camp on Wednesday was something I was looking forward to so much.

“I am just looking forward to getting started and playing in front of my family and friends.”

McCormack, whose coaching CV includes Salford, Widnes, Whitehaven and Scotland, has made a predictably significant impression, with Hardcastle praising the professionalism he has brought to the national side.

“He’s a nice guy, really supportive and professional,” said Hardcastle.

“He’s got so much experience.”

McCormack himself is wary of the threat posed by their opponents.

“France will be a good side,” said McCormack. “I think any national team coming across the Channel will give you a tough game.

“They will be physical.”