SAINTS will be entering a team in next year’s Women’s Super League after joining forces with Thatto Heath Crusaders.

The two parties will work closely together, with the partnership further enhancing the already strong links between the two clubs.

Following on from the huge growth in football, rugby union and cricket, league is the latest previously male dominated sport to develop a women’s game.

The profile has been enhanced by this year’s World Cup, which has dovetailed with the men’s event.

Thatto Heath-St Helens, who have been among the game’s elite in the women’s game, this month providing eight players to the England World Cup squad.

Saints, no doubt featuring those international players, will have a team in the Women’s Super League whilst Thatto Heath will also play in the Merit League, with a crossover of players from both sides.

Saints will also continue to support Thatto Heath’s successful girls section.

Craig Richards, Lead Community Coach, said: “There is already a strong bond between the Saints and Thatto Heath’s women’s and girls’ sections and this partnership is a direct result.

“The girls’ pathway will continue to be supported by Community Saints coaches and those players will hopefully progress into the women’s teams.”

“Several Thatto Heath – St Helens women were called up into the England squad for the World Cup and we hope there are many more to come through this partnership.”

Thatto Heath Chairman Mike Denning added: “We are delighted to support all initiatives which seeks to promote the Women and Girls game.

“We have worked hard to give the Women and Girls competitive games and believe the time is right to take further steps to get these talented players recognised in the rugby communities.

“I would like to thank Saints for their understanding of how the community games works for the Women and Girls and working with us to ensure all have a pathway to continue to enjoy their Rugby League at all levels.”

Training will remain at Thatto Heath Crusaders Close Street home with some sessions for the Women and Girls taking place at the Cowley Training Centre.

The club will also use the Saints’ stadium when fixtures allow.

“This is an exciting time for St Helens and Thatto Heath Crusaders,” Richards added.

Richards added: “If you want to get involved in sponsoring the team or the players, please contact the club for further information.”

The club are having an open trial for players, aged over 16, at Cowley on Saturday, 16 December from 10am.

Players should show their interest by emailing