Laureane Biville, France, England, Warriors, international inspiring other French players to aim for NRLW – .

Laureane Biville, France, England, Warriors, international inspiring other French players to aim for NRLW – .

Former Warriors star Lauréane Biville has revealed that other French players have expressed interest in testing themselves in the NRLW as they prepare for this weekend’s test against England at Gilbert Brutus Stadium .

Biville, who played for the Warriors at the 2020 NRL 9 in Perth but was forced to give up her NRLW dream and return home to France last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hopes her experience will help the young French team against an imposing England side.

The women’s test will be broadcast on Fox Sports and Kayo from 9:55 p.m. on October 23, before the France-England men’s test.

“I think it was my best decision to go to Australia because I learned a lot,” Biville told

“The training is very different in Australia and the way you play, and the way you see the game is very different in Australia.

“I came back to France with a new vision of football and with new skills, so I think it helped me a lot. I have found it easier for me to play in France since I came back from Australia because I just have a different game that not all girls have. “

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The 22-year-old still has a desire to play in the NRLW and is excited to admit the Gold Coast to next year’s competition after being selected for a Titans invitational team in 2019 as he was playing for Easts Tigers in the QRL BHP Cup competition. .

“It’s always on my mind to try to play in the NRLW because it’s the only goal that I haven’t checked on my checklist in Australia, but with everything going on in the world, nothing is certain now, ”said Biville. .

“After the corona virus, I lost my job and all competitions were suspended so I just had to make a decision quickly to come back to France. I thought a few months later I would go back to Australia, but I couldn’t because Australia closed all borders.

“We had a lot of confinements in France, for a very long time. The first one I did in France lasted two months, then we spent the summer as usual, then we returned to confinement for six months.

“It was really, really hard and it wasn’t easy to continue training or to keep my routine that I had in Australia. It was very hard mentally and physically, but there was positive because I was with my family and friends. “

Biville’s family – including his brother Louis, who plays alongside former NRL striker Eddy Pettybourne for the Limoux Grizzlies in the French Elite One competition – will be on hand to see his sixth test appearance in front of a crowd expected in Perpignan.

Usually center or winger, Biville will play on the second row in a France side with five of her Racing Club Lescure Arthes XIII teammates and she said other players have spoken to her about the possibility of playing in the NRLW.

“I had younger daughters who told me about what it was, especially the new generation,” Biville said.

“They have to realize that you don’t just go to Australia and play soccer all the time and you get paid a lot. You are alone on the other side of the world, you have to work too and you have to be good if you want to play.

“It’s good to see the NRL developing new teams. When I did the invitational game for the Titans they weren’t sure if they would make a squad so I think it’s a good opportunity for the girls who haven’t played NRLW yet.

“I hope the girls will one day have their own NRLW competition like the men, so it’s very exciting. Next year will be a big year for NRLW and World Cup players. “

France did not send a women’s team to the 2017 World Cup in Australia, but Biville said support in all areas of the game had increased significantly since the election last December of FFRXIII president Luc Lacoste, who is leading the bid to host the 2025 tournament.

“These are just small things, but it has meant a lot to us as players,” said Biville.

“It’s the first time we’ve been paid when we spend the week with the national team. It’s not as much as men, but it’s something we’ve never had before.

“This test will be very difficult for us because the competition in France has not yet started and we have a lot of new faces. There are a lot of young girls who haven’t played in international matches, so they don’t. really know the level and they don’t have the experience.

“It’s going to be a tough time for us and very intense for 80 minutes, so sometimes we have to sacrifice ourselves for the other girls, but it will be a good experience for the team, just to get stronger and see what we have to do. work before the World Cup. “


Elisa Ciria (RC Lescure Arthes 13); Christina Song-Puche (Catalan Goddesses), Mélanie Bianchini (Catalan Goddesses), Zoé Pastre-Courtine (Catalan Goddesses), Manon Samarra (RC Lescure Arthes 13); Elodie Pacull (Pia Baroudeuses), Alice Varela (Toulouse Ovalie); Jeanne Bernard (RC Lescure Arthes 13), Cyndia Mansard (Toulouse Ovalie), Gaëlle Alvherne (RC Lescure Arthes 13), Elisa Akpa (Catalan Goddesses), Laureane Biville (RC Lescure Arthes 13), Leila Bessalhi (Catalan Goddesses). Interchange: Fanny Ramos (Catalan Goddesses), Mailys Borak (Marseille XIII Avenir), Inès Legout (Toulouse Ovalie), Tallis Kuresa (Girondins De Bordeaux), Lauriane Canet (Limoux Grizzgirls), Nadia Olm-Rouppert (Toulouse Ovalie), Perrine Montsarrat (RC Lescure Arthes 13).


Tara-Jane Stanley (Tigres de Castleford); Fran Goldthorp (Leeds Rhinos), Savannah Andrade (York City Knights), Amy Hardcastle (St Helens), Caitlin Beevers (Leeds Rhinos); Jodie Cunningham (St Helens), Beth Stott (St Helens); Grace Field (York City Knights), Tara Jones (St Helens), Chantelle Crowl (St Helens), Emily Rudge (St Helens) (C), Hollie Dodd (Castleford Tigers), Vicky Molyneux (Wigan Warriors). Échange : Shona Hoyle (Huddersfield Giants), Paige Travis (St Helens), Vicky Whitfield (St Helens), Rachael Woosey (St Helens)


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