ACT Brumbies front rower Louise Burrows has arrived in Ireland to join the Wallaroos squad as injury cover, with Evelyn Horomia ruled out of the tournament with a calf injury.
Burrows, 39, is now in her fourth World Cup - after making her debut against England in 2001 - and adds a wealth of experience to Australia’s forward stocks.
“It’s an amazing feeling, I’m really honoured to have been selected as a shadow for the Wallaroos,” Burrows said.
“It’s a phone call I wasn’t expecting, and to be here at my fourth World Cup, it feels quite magical really, a bit like a dream come true.”
Burrows joins the squad after their loss to the host nation in their first pool game.
“It was such a gutsy effort, I was so proud of the girls," she said.
"I feel like as a team, we’re gelling really well, on and off the field.
“It’s a great atmosphere to be a part of and I think they stepped it up and showed we do mean business.”
Attention now shifts to the Wallaroos’ next match, a must win clash against France on Monday morning (AEST) at UCD Bowl.
Burrows will be in the mix for selection and she believes the best is yet to come.
“I think after yesterday’s performance, we feel as though a lot of positives came out of it," Burrows said.
"I think we can improve a lot.
"Personally, I'm excited to see what we have to offer next, because I think the best is yet to come."The Wallaroos take on France on Monday morning, kicking off at 4:45am AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.