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Castleford Tigers Women are delighted to announce that centre/second-row Anne-Marie Sayle has joined the Tigresses for the 2022 campaign!
Sayle links up with Matty Faulkner’s squad after taking an unconventional route to the Women’s Super League stage as she has represented both the Royal Air Force and the Armed Forces in union and league through working as a mechanic in the Royal Air Force.
The 30-year-old has most recently been on the books at Bradford Bulls but is now pleased to be joining the Fords as she explained that the strong team ethos within the group was a major factor in her making the move.
“It’s a really good feeling to be a Castleford Tigers player and I am really excited for what’s to come. I got a message off my Wales coach, Tom Brindle, to come down to Castleford and have a chat to Matty Faulkner.
“I then met all of the girls and that really sealed the deal for me. They are a really friendly team, so I am happy to make the effort to travel here because I am based in Lincolnshire at the moment.
“Everyone from the staff to the players were really welcoming so it was an easy decision to come here.”
Sayle has also been selected in Wales’ most recent 19-player squad for their inaugural Women’s European Championship B match, which is against Italy this Sunday and is being played at Pandy Park, Cross Keys for a 1pm kick-off.
It has been quite the journey for the centre/second-rower, as Cas’ newest addition explains that she only took up the sport competitively around five years ago.
“I was late to start playing rugby because I started playing competitively in around 2016 or 2017 for the RAF. I was part of the development team at that point and then I made it to the first team in 2018.
“Then in 2019 I got a call from someone I know who plays league and union for the Armed Services and asked me if I fancied playing rugby league for UKAF (UK Armed Forces).
“I said that I would give it a go and we played Wigan or Leeds in my first league match in 2019. Covid then hit before I went to the Welsh trials in 2021 and made the squad. I then deployed after that and now I’m here.”
Castleford Women’s next outing will be on the 26th of June when they head to Cumbria and Craven Park to face Barrow Raiders for their third Super League contest of the season.
In closing, Sayle put forward that she is relishing the opportunity to be involved at a club that is putting in the foundations to build for the future.
“The Tigers have got a really good reputation and it is a really exciting time to be involved in a team who are building. Having a team that has the right attitude for me, that’s a really big driving factor.”
If you would like to support and sponsor Anne-Marie for the 2022 season, then please email [email protected] for more information.