Tigresses add Nodes to squad

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Castleford Tigers Women are pleased to confirm the addition of second-row/centre Frankie Nodes to the Tigresses squad!

Castleford Tigers recruitment news is proudly brought to you and sponsored by the club’s official recruitment partner ORB Recruitment.

Nodes originally hails from Stirling in Scotland but moved to Yorkshire a couple of years ago to attend the University of Leeds, where she runs out for their rugby team on a regular basis.

The 19-year-old has an original backstory in terms of her rugby journey, having played out in Taiwan during her year abroad in east Asia where she represented sevens side Taipei Baboons.

Now she has returned to British soil, Nodes stated that she is looking forward to a new challenge at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

“My younger brother plays rugby and I fancied giving it a go so I joined the girls’ team at Stirling County and went from there. I then went on to play for my university team at the University of Leeds and during my year abroad in Taiwan, I played during my time out there for Taipei Baboons.

“Before I went out, I had the decision whether to go to the north or south of the country but I found out that only north Taiwan had a team, so I went there. I texted the coach in charge and that’s how it started. It was an amazing experience because women’s rugby is up and coming in Taiwan, so we played a lot of sevens and it was really good to be part of.”

Cas’ latest signing has already been involved in a couple of training sessions with the squad and outlined that she is relishing being a part of a professional Super League outfit.

“Grace Dyke is someone who I played with at university, and I’ve got family from around here, so my grandad has always been telling me to try out rugby league. I’ve really enjoyed it so far and I am enjoying the atmosphere. The coaching is of a really good level and it’s a professional setup.

“I didn’t realise how much of a change it would be from playing for a local club to being involved in a Super League team but it has been a good difference.”

The Tigresses’ next fixture sees them travel to Leigh Miners Rangers Ladies on Sunday for a 2pm kick-off and in closing, Nodes explained how much she and her family are looking forward to her potentially making her Fords debut on the weekend.

“Me and my family are really looking forward to me making my debut. I can’t wait to experience it and kick on for the rest of the season.”

If you would like to support and sponsor Frankie or any of the Castleford Women’s squad for the 2022 season, then please email [email protected] for more information.

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