Craig Richards revels in Royal approval as England seal semi-final spot

Craig Richards revels in Royal approval as England seal semi-final spot

England coach Craig Richards revelled in Royal approval after his aspect swept apart Canada 54-4 to substantiate their place within the semi-finals of the ladies’s Rugby League World Cup.

Tara-Jane Stanley led England’s 11-try romp with a hat-trick plus 10 factors with the boot, whereas Leah Burke and Hollie Dodd every helped themselves to a brace as England backed up their opening win over Brazil.

Afterwards Richards and his group met the Princess of Wales, who was current on the double-header on the DW Stadium in her first engagement as Royal patron of the Rugby Football League.

“We met her as a team which was absolutely fantastic, and it was also a huge honour for myself,” stated Richards.

“Where I’m from you don’t think you’ll ever get to meet a Royal and particularly with the way it was done, it was beautiful.

“She talked about the women and what they go through, and the physicality of the game. She had obviously done her homework on rugby league and she talked a lot about the girls and how they can be so inspiring and role models.”

Where I’m from you do not assume you may ever get to fulfill a Royal and notably with the way in which it was achieved, it was stunning

Craig Richards

Richards introduced his seven remaining squad members into the line-up and is now nearer to figuring out his greatest line-up as he switches consideration to his aspect’s ultimate group recreation in opposition to Papua New Guinea on Wednesday.

And Richards admitted he’s anxious for the sterner take a look at that’s more likely to be supplied by the Orchids, having breezed by their two opening video games with the minimal of opposition.

“What we really need is a tight game,” added Richards. “We want to win but we need a tough game and I think Papua New Guinea will give us that.

“It’s not just about winning games, it’s about the tournament, and we need to be tested a little bit more than we are at the moment. A really good arm-wrestle would do us the world of good.”