Jodie Cunningham: ‘Rugby league has made my life better a million times’

The St Helens and England full-back on the future of women’s rugby league, the 2021 World Cup and the art of punditry

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required

Jodie Cunningham is rather busy. As well as playing full-back for St Helens and England, the 27-year-old is an ambassador for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England and a Super League pundit on Sky.

You’ve made a great impression as a pundit. What’s it been like?
“I’m really enjoying it. I was nervous at first. They never had female players on Sky until the last 12 months so it’s been a real honour to be asked. I’ve loved it. I’ve got such an appreciation of it now. When you have to break it down into each individual player, you realise how much work goes into it. It’s not just about knowing the main players but the whole squads, injury updates, and so on. I hope I can do more after the World Cup or once I’ve retired from playing.”

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