A PIECE of rugby league history will be made in York on Saturday when a York Lokomotive team take to the field against West Yorkshire in the first-ever women's masters match to be played in the UK.

Women's masters follows the same modified rules as the men's game, the only difference being that women can play as soon as they have reached their 30th birthday, men having to wait until 35.

Tackling rules are increasingly modified the older people get, with players wearing different coloured shorts to depict their age category, up to gold for over-60s, who can only be touch-tackled.

Only a handful of women's masters matches have previously taken place in New Zealand.

The Lokos Ladies Masters squad is made up of seasoned players alongside a healthy mix of women that are new to the game.

A couple of novices that have caught the eye in training are Bernie Scott and Anneka Aspland, while Jo Phillips will make her playing comeback four years after suffering a stroke in a women's rugby league cup final.

York City Knights Ladies' assistant-coach Kay Rollinson has been named inaugural captain for this ground-breaking match with Rebecca Condren her vice-captain.

The match will be played on Knavesmire with a 1pm kick off. It will be 25 minutes each way - with the official scoreline being 0-0 at the end no matter how many tries are scored.

Following the main event, York Lokos Masters men's team will open their season when the host Leeds Masters, kick off 2.30pm.