Five members of the Alcohol.Think Again Western Force women’s team have been named in the Buildcorp Wallaroos squad for the three Test tour of New Zealand has been named with Australia’s next generation to be given the opportunity in the gold jersey in matches against England, New Zealand, and Canada this June.
Capped Wallaroos Natasha Haines, Venisia Taufa and Rebecca Clough have all been selected along with uncapped Western Australians Ashleigh Timoko and Huia Turoa.
Head Coach Paul Verrell has named Aussie 7s Co-Captains, Shannon Parry and Sharni Williams, alongside ten debutants and seven players who debuted last year as the team looks to build for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland this August.
Joining the experience of Parry and Williams will be Wallaroos veteran, Ashleigh Hewson who will be looking to player her 13th Test match for Australia with the support of senior players, Cheyenne Campbell, Caroline Fairs, Rebecca Clough, Cobie-Jane Morgan, Liz Patu and Natasha Haines.
2017 is shaping up to be the biggest year on record for Women’s XVs Rugby in Australia. After a successful Buildcorp National XVs Championship in May, the Wallaroos will play three international Tests in New Zealand against the three best Women’s XVs teams in the world with New Zealand ranked first followed by England and Canada respectively. The side will then depart for Ireland in August, culminating in the most match preparation they will have ever had together before a World Cup campaign.
Australia will use the New Zealand tour as an intense preparation camp for the World Cup, and the tour will be followed by a final camp in Sydney to finalise preparation for Women’s XVs Rugby’s biggest prize.
Buildcorp Wallaroos Head Coach Paul Verrell said: “We have been monitoring players in training and in matches since we returned from New Zealand last year, and the players named in this squad is a testament to their hard work and performances over the last twelve months.
“It has been very encouraging to see the next generation coming through. They have really lifted their work rate both on and off the field, which has led to their selection in this squad. Combined with the experience of Shannon Parry, Sharni Williams, Ash Hewson, Cheyenne Campbell and Rebecca Clough, we feel we have a very strong squad for this tour.
“We’ll continue the hard work for our three tough Test matches this June, as we continue to build depth for our Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign.”
2017 Buildcorp Wallaroos Fixtures, New Zealand tour:
Friday 9 June – Australia v England, Porirua Park, Wellington
Tuesday 13 June – Australia v New Zealand, Rugby Park, Christchurch
Saturday 17 June – Australia v Canada, Smallbone Park, Rotorua
Buildcorp Wallaroos Squad
Cheyenne Campbell, Queensland, hooker, 9 Tests
Liz Patu, Queensland, hooker/prop, 9 Tests
Violeta Tupuola*, ACT, prop
Evelyn Horomia*, Sydney, prop
Caroline Fairs (nee Vakalahi), ADF, prop, 8 Tests
Hilisha Samoa*, Queensland, prop
Hana Ngaha, Queensland, prop, 2 Tests
Rebecca Clough, Western Australia, lock, 11 Tests
Alisha Hewett, ADF, lock, 9 Tests
Millie Boyle*, ACT, lock
Alexandra Sulusi, Sydney, lock, 2 Tests
Shannon Parry, Australia Sevens, backrow, 10 Tests
Chloe Butler, South Australia Barbarians, backrow, 6 Tests
Grace Hamilton, Sydney, backrow, 2 Tests
Vesinia Taufa, Western Australia, backrow, 2 Tests
Victoria Latu*, Sydney, backrow
Natasha Haines, Western Australia, backrow/centre, 7 Tests
Cobie-Jane Morgan, Sydney, scrumhalf, 13 Tests
Katrina Barker, NSW Country, scrumhalf, 2 Tests
Samantha Treherne*, Queensland, flyhalf/fullback
Fenella Hake*, Queensland, flyhalf/scrumhalf
Sarah Riordan, ADF, flyhalf/centre, 2 Tests
Sharni Williams, Australian Sevens, centre, 13 Tests
Kayla Sauvao*, Sydney, centre/wing
Nareta Marsters, Queensland, centre/wing, 2 Tests
Huia Turoa*, Western Australia, centre/wing
Ashleigh Timoko*, Western Australia, centre/wing
Ashleigh Hewson, Sydney, fullback, 12 Tests