YORK City Knights Ladies ace Tara Stanley has been named as the Betfred Women’s Super League player of the month for May by the Rugby League World magazine.

Stanley played a starring role in York’s victories over Huddersfield Giants and St Helens to start the 2022 BWSL season, with the Knights currently top of group one.

The England international scored six goals in the 50-6 opening round win away to BWSL Shield holders Huddersfield.

A week later, Stanley produced the match-winning try in the shock 13-6 triumph over last year’s treble winners St Helens, condemning Saints to their first defeat since 2019.

The full-back also nailed two conversions and a field-goal in the LNER Community Stadium clash.

Stanley is joined by four York team-mates in Rugby League World magazine’s team of the month, which covered the Betfred Challenge Cup final and the first two rounds of the BWSL.

Knights props Grace Field and Olivia Wood are named in the side alongside back-rowers Jasmine Bell and Hollie Dodd.

St Helens trio Eboni Partington, Leah Burke and Emily Rudge, all of whom featured against York, also made the team of the month.

Lindsay Anfield’s side return to the field on Sunday against Leeds at the LNER Community Stadium (12pm), in a meeting of the BWSL’s two unbeaten clubs.

The match is the first of a triple header alongside the disability team’s clash with Leeds (1.45pm) and the men’s side match against London Broncos (3pm).

Meanwhile, in the magazine’s Betfred Championship team of the month, York back-rower Jordan Thompson, was picked at loose forward.

The 30-year-old featured in the Knights’ wins over Barrow Raiders (18-30) and Bradford Bulls (6-20) during May, scoring a try against the former.

Rugby League World's BWSL team of the month for May: Tara Stanley (York), Eboni Partington (St Helens), Chloe Billington (Featherstone Rovers), Georgia Sutherland (Warrington Wolves), Leah Burke (St Helens), Georgia Burke (Leeds), Courtney Winfield-Hill (Leeds), Grace Field (York), Charley Blackburn (Featherstone), Olivia Wood (York), Emily Rudge (St Helens), Jasmine Bell (York), Hollie Dodd (York).

Rugby League World's Betfred Championship team of the month for May: Mark Kheirallah (Featherstone Rovers), Lachlan Walmsley (Halifax Panthers), Craig Hall (Featherstone), Nene Macdonald (Leigh Centurions), Blake Ferguson (Leigh), Morgan Smith (Featherstone), Tom Gilmore (Batley), Carl Forster (Barrow), Brandon Moore (Halifax), Dan Murray (Halifax), Jarrad Stack (Barrow), Jesse Sene-Lefao (Featherstone), Jordan Thompson (York).