7/12/2019

Nine Queensland Women’s XV reps named for Wallaroos opening 2019 Test

 

Nine members of the St.George Queensland Women’s XV have been named in the Wallaroos match day 23 for their opening test against of 2019 against Japan at Newcastle Sportsground No.2 on Saturday afternoon. 

Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea and Averyl Mitchell will both make their Wallaroos debuts in the starting XV against Japan. Photo: QRU/Brendan Hertel

Nine members of the St.George Queensland Women’s XV have been named in the Wallaroos match day 23 for their opening test against of 2019 against Japan at Newcastle Sportsground No.2 on Saturday afternoon. 

Souths hooker Averyl Mitchell and Sunnybank centre Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea will both make their Australian debuts in their starting XV, whil Shannon Mato (Sunnybank) and Lori Cramer (UQ) will be in line for their potential debuts off the bench.  

NSW prop Evelyn Horomia, who has since moved home to Brisbane since the Super W competition and has been playing for Brothers, has also been named in the starting XV. 

Buildcorp Wallaroos Head Coach, Dwayne Nestor said: “There was some really tough selections in naming this squad and the competition for places has been intense all week. 

“We’ve picked a strong side that rewards form and gives opportunities to new players coming through. 

“Alysia, Averyl and Ariana (Hira-Herangi) have worked incredibly hard in camp with some tough competition for those positions and it’s a credit to them they have earned their first Test cap for Australia. 

“Having eight potential debutants is a reflection of how the depth of this squad is growing following on from the second season of Buildcorp Super W, Aon University Sevens and what we have been doing with the national squad. 

“We know Japan present a fairly new challenge for us and we can expect them to be a team that wants to recycle the ball quickly to look for space in our defence. 

“There’s no doubt they will be looking to disrupt our momentum early and we have to be ready to meet that challenge. 

“The team has come together really well and we’re looking forward to returning to the Test arena in Newcastle tomorrow afternoon.” 

The Buildcorp Wallaroos take on Japan in the series opener at Newcastle Sportsground No.2 at 3pm AEDT on Saturday 13 July, with the match to be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and RUGBY.com.au Radio. 

Buildcorp Wallaroos 2019 Fixtures 
Saturday 13 July
Australia v Japan, Newcastle Sportsground Number 2, Newcastle  

Friday 19 July
Australia v Japan, North Sydney Oval, Sydney  

Saturday 10 August  
Australia v New Zealand, Optus Stadium, Perth 

Saturday 17 August 
Australia v New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland

Wallaroos side to face Japan: 

1. Emily Robinson, Warringah, NSW Waratahs Women, 7caps
2. Averyl Mitchell*, Souths, Queensland Women's XV 
3. Evelyn Horomia, Brothers, NSW Waratahs Women, 4 caps
4. Michaela Leonard*, Vikings, Brumbies Women 
5. Alisha Hewett, GPS/ADFRU, Queensland Women's XV, 17caps
6. Millie Boyle (vc), Royals (Canberra), Queensland Women's XV, 8 caps

7. Emily Chancellor, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women, 2 caps
8. Grace Hamilton (c), Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women, 11 caps
9. Cobie-Jane Morgan, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV, 18 caps
10. Trileen Pomare, Kalamunda, Rugby WA Women, 7 caps
11. Mhicca Carter, Cottesloe, Rugby WA Women, 2 caps
12. Ariana Hira-Herangi*, Kalamunda, Rugby WA Women 
13. Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea*, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV
14. Samantha Treherne, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV, 10 caps

15. Mahalia Murphy, Campbelltown, NSW Waratahs Women, 7 caps

Reserves 
16. Ashley Marsters, Harlequins, Melbourne Rebels Women, 6 caps
17. Liz Patu, Wests, Queensland Women's XV, 19 caps
18. Eva Karpani*, Randwick, NSW Waratahs Women,
19. Rebecca Clough, Cottesloe, Rugby WA Women, 20 caps
20. Shannon Mato*, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV
21. Georgia Cormick,* Powerhouse, Melbourne Rebels Women
22. Arabella McKenzie*, Randwick, Melbourne Rebels Women
23. Lori Cramer*, University of Queensland, Queensland Women's XV 
*Denotes Uncapped