Steph Gray keeps family link up as women's rugby league says NineApril 30, 2022
STEPH Gray is keeping it all in the family as rugby league’s women look to show what they can really do in a new Nines arena.
For if it was not for her cousin Lee Mossop, she would be nowhere near Salford’s bid to make a home final.
The Red Devils, who play in the Women’s Championship, find out where they really are after being formed this year when all 12 Women’s Super League sides line up in the new nine-a-side competition tomorrow.
More than 20 teams – including some of the sport’s powerhouses – line up at Warrington aiming to make the finals day.
Salford are joined by the likes of Catalans Dragons, Cardiff Demons, London Broncos and Bristol Golden Ferns as women from all over Europe show what they can do.
And centre Steph – who works as a vehicle analyst – hopes to further prove her relative’s words were wise.
She said: “I’ve watched rugby league since I was young because of Lee and his brother Jason and he’s got a great understanding of the game.
“He’s also a reason I joined Salford as I saw the opportunities the club gave him. He was thinking of ending his career but they gave him a new lease of life – that was the opportunity I wanted.
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“And he sponsors me now as Salford gave him so many opportunities and he saw it as an opportunity to give back.”
The Women’s Super League Nines promises to show the talent in the 13-a-side game, much like Sevens does for rugby union.
There is talk of a domestic men’s version being introduced – England played in an international tournament in 2019.
And Steph believes there is no better stage to showcase the skill and athleticism of the country’s best women – and for the Red Devils to target making the final on their home turf on July 24.
She added: “In Nines, there’s more space, therefore more chance to play expansive rugby – being a back, that gives me more chance to run harder lines.
“It’s an exciting opportunity and a big day for the women’s game. Being in the Championship, it’ll be good to compete against Super League teams and show what we’ve got to offer.
“It’s a great chance to show our potential and whether we can compete with the top teams.”
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