Parry out of Wallaroos' Japan clash

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by Beth Newman

Wallaroos captain Shannon Parry will miss the side's final pool match, against Japan, ruled out with injury.

The flanker had been one of the side's best in the opening two matches, but was not named in the team to take on Japan, in a major blow to the team.

Parry's injury has forced a forward pack reshuffle, with usual lock Chloe Butler moving into the openside flanker spot and Alisha Hewett coming into the starting second row.

Parry's Sevens co-captain Sharni Williams will captain the side at outside centre in the Japan clash, which also has a different flavour to it for Friday's match.

Sarah Riordan will come into the starting team. Photo: ARU MediaSarah Riordan will take the key playmaking role against Japan, with Kayla Sauvao starting at inside centre and Trilleen Pomare moving to the pine.

The Wallaroos are looking to finish their pool matches on a high against Japan, but it won't be an easy feat, with Japan pushing Ireland all the way last Monday.

While semi-finals are out of the question, the Wallaroos will be fighting to stay in the fifth-to-eighth play off bracket, to give them their highest possible finish outside of finals. 

Australia takes on Japan on Friday morning, kicking off at 2am AEST LIVE on FOX SPORTS.


IN: Kate Brown, Violeta Tupuola

OUT: Shannon Parry, Louise Burrows,

1. Liz Patu

2. Cheyenne Campbell

3. Hilisha Samoa

4. Alisha Hewett

5. Millie Boyle

6. Mollie Gray

7. Chloe Butler

8. Grace Hamilton

9. Katrina Barker

10. Sarah Riordan

11. Mahalia Murphy

12. Kayla Sauvao

13. Sharni Williams

14. Nareta Marsters

15. Samantha Treherne


16. Emily Robinson

17. Violeta Tupuola

18. Hana Ngaha

19. Rebecca Clough

20. Kate Brown

21. Fenella Hake

22. Ashleigh Timoko

23. Trilleen Pomare