TWO former rugby union teammates have spoken of their pride at being included in the first ever Wales women’s rugby league squad for today’s historic match against Great Britain Teachers.

Gwent Police community support officer Becky Llewellyn-Ennis features in the starting line-up as Wales make their bow at the Gnoll in Neath, while Blaina’s Rhian Stephens is on the bench.

The pair, who played union together for Fleur de Lys, only began their league careers earlier this year before making head coach Craig Taylor’s 24-woman party for two fixtures this autumn.

After this afternoon’s friendly encounter (kick-off 12.30pm), Taylor will then cut his squad to 17 for the country’s first capped contest – against England Lions in Leigh – on November 16.

“It was a massive shock when I found I was starting the game,” said 32-year-old centre Llewellyn-Ennis. “I can’t wait to put on the Welsh jersey and get out there – it’s going to be a really proud moment.

“But I’m dreading singing the national anthem as I’m going to be a blubbering mess!

“My mum and dad have never seen me play before, but they will be there, and hopefully I will do well enough to keep the jersey for the Lions game.”

Hooker Stephens, 31, added: “There’s a mixture of nerves and excitement, and it’s a bit of a weird feeling knowing that I will be playing for Wales for the first time.

“My family from Ystradgynlais will be coming to watch – it’s the first time my mother has seen me play – so it’s going to be a really proud moment.

“League is faster-paced than union and that’s why everyone is enjoying it. There are other little differences between the two which we’ve got to get used to.

“For me, being on the bench, I’ve got to go out there and prove I should be starting, but it’s a massive achievement either way.”

And there’s no rest for the two women as both are set to play for their union sides tomorrow.

Llewellyn-Ennis is involved in a grudge match as her Pencoed Phoenix team take on arch rivals Pontyclun Falcons, while Stephens’ Cilfynydd face Dowlais.