Members of the UK Parliament have paid homage to all involved in the first women’s rugby league match to be played in the Middle East.
In a motion tabled in the House of Commons, Members praised all involved in the landmark game between Jounieh Hummingbirds and AUB Women, played at Jounieh’s Fouad Chehab stadium in Lebanon. The game ended with a 20-6 victory for the Hummingbirds.
The motion recognises the “historic and important step in the development of the sport of rugby league globally” and congratulates by name all the players who took part.
The motion was co-sponsored by Officers of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group, Marie Rimmer and Paula Sherriff.
Rimmer, MP for St Helens South and Whiston, said “I am incredibly proud this game has taken place. Women’s rugby league is developing quickly in the UK and elsewhere and it is heartening to see women and girls playing rugby league in Lebanon and the wider Middle East.”
Dewsbury MP Sherriff welcomed the news, and said “this is a huge step for women’s sport, and for rugby league in particular. Well done to all involved and I hope we might see teams from the Middle East taking part in future Women’s Rugby League World Cups.”