Italy and Netherlands women name squads for Rugby League World Cup eliminator

Italy and Netherlands have named their squads for tomorrows (Saturday) 2026 Women’s Rugby League World Cup eliminator at the Maurizio Quaggia Stadium, in Mogliano (kick off 3pm local time).

The winners will go into Group A with Wales and Ireland for a chance to partake in the tournament proper, which would be a first for both. Netherlands started in December 2023 with a win against Greece in Athens and include Nicole Kennedy from London Broncos, while Italy have more experience having been present on the women’s stage since 2018 and to date playing six matches, winning two.

Italy women’s captain, Marvin Severgnini, commented: “This play-off is an opportunity that must be seized and will show if we can really compete at the high levels expected in a world championship, but above all to demonstrate to those who are sceptical of us that we can really face these matches and stay at this level.”

Matt Rigby, Netherlands women’s head coach, noted: “We’re really excited for this opportunity to compete in the RLWC qualifiers and we want to go as far as we possibly can in this competition. Italy will provide a very stern test for us, we will relish going into this one as the underdogs.”

 

European Rugby League will live stream match on the ERL Facebook page.

 

ITALY SQUAD

Fabiola Tosetti, Giorgia Boarin, Giulia Iozzia, Ilenia Bollini, Marvin Severgnini, Rwan Hassnien, Silvia Gai, Valentina Virgili (Brianza Tigers XIII), Alissa Meinero, Lilian Bremang, Vanessa Bertini (Casalmaggiore Rugby XIII), Alessandra Menotti, Alice Bottaro, Altea Forto, Camilla Giacomazzo, Camilla Vio, Loide Agosta, Martina Dall’Antonia, Noemi Dalla Villa (Leonesse Venete XIII)

NETHERLANDS SQUAD

Paige Schouw (Brisbane Tigers),Stephanie van Diepen (Harderwijk Dolphins), Dominique Velema, Hannah van Beukering, Lisa Berding, Sverre Verheul (HRC Xtreme), Nicole Kennedy (London Broncos), Lorraine Voorbach (RC DIOK), Linneke Gevers (RC Octopus), Dana Burik (RC The Hookers), Arjanne van de Kieft, (RC Wageningen), Vera van der Zwan (RC Zwolle), Hiske Blom, Monischa Hieroms, Kaylee Geerlings, Rixt Aerts, Sela Steenkist, Sylvie Moelee (The Blue Babes), Claire Kennedy (Wests Tigers)