WHAT a year it has been for the North Wales Crusaders’ women’s team.

It’s 12 months since Crusaders launched the club’s first ever women’s team. Starting from scratch, the team went on to play five fixtures and they were undefeated in what was a hugely successful 2023 season.

Looking ahead to the new campaign, the Cru women will get back to training later this month and there has been a major move as the team has entered the Rugby Football League Development League for 2024.

Women’s head coach Jack Harder told the club’s website: “I am really looking forward to the opportunity to branch out into the women’s game. This year, I will be primarily focused on the fundamentals of rugby and developing an environment inclusive to everyone regardless of past rugby experience.

“If you would like to give rugby league a try, please join us even if you have no experience. You are more than welcome.”

The team will be training at St Asaph’s X20 Leisure Centre on March 26 (6.30pm).

Head of women’s rugby Becki Davies (pictured) added: “Coming off the back of our first season together, an undefeated season, I’m really excited for the upcoming year. We’ve recruited two new coaches to bring in more experience and knowledge around the game, and have entered a new development league to really try and start competing and making a name for rugby league in North Wales.”