Wallaroos XV unchanged for Canada as coach calls time

Womens Rugby World Cup
by RUGBY.com.au staff

The Wallaroos have made just one change to their side as they prepare to face Canada in the fight for fifth spot in the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup.

Front rower Louise Burrows, in her fourth World Cup comes into the 23, replacing Violeta Tupuola in the side for their final match of the tournament..

The match will have some extra emotion for coach Paul Verrell, who is set to retire from the role after five seasons at the helm of the team, overseeing some rapid change in the women's XVs space during his time in charge.

Verrell said he left the sport primed for more growth, excited to see how it would progress going forward.

“Coaching the Wallaroos has been a rewarding experience," he said.

"Seeing the growth of individuals as well as the team and game as a whole has been something special to witness first hand.

“Women’s rugby is on the rise off the back of the Australian Women’s Sevens Olympic success, and the challenge for the 15-a-side format of the game is to ensure we create a pathway that young girls want to be a part of, and for our players to be role models aspiring young players can look up to.

“We’ve made strides in this space here in Ireland, now the team must continue the good work when we return to Australia.”

The Wallaroos are desperate to finish this tournament on a high, as they face world no. 3 Canada for that fifth spot overall, keen to build on back-to-back wins, over Japan and Canada.

“We secured a great win over Ireland in our last match and that has buoyed the team, but we need to focus on this last match and finish our campaign on a positive note," Verrell said.

The Wallaroos are looking for revenge in Belfast. Photo: ARU Media“The team have improved with each match and if we can carry the same form from our clash against Ireland into our match against Canada, we can really test them."

The Wallaroos played Canada in a four nations series in June, going down 45-5, and Verrell said they wanted to turn the tables on the North Americans this weekend.

“The last time we played Canada in New Zealand we didn’t play to our potential and no matter the result on Saturday, we want to ensure we leave everything on the field.”

The Wallaroos take on Canada on Sunday morning, kicking off at 2am AEST LIVE on FOX SPORTS.


IN: Louise Burrows

OUT:  Violeta Tupuola

Wallaroos team play Canada

1. Liz Patu – Queensland, Wests

2. Cheyenne Campbell – Queensland

3. Hilisha Samoa – Queensland, Brothers

4. Rebecca Clough – Western Australia, Cottesloe

5. Alisha Hewett – Australian Defence Force, Queensland

6. Millie Boyle – ACT, Canberra Royals

7. Chloe Butler – South Australia, Parramatta

8. Grace Hamilton – Sydney, Sydney University

9. Katrina Barker – NSW Country, Newcastle University

10. Ashleigh Hewson – Sydney, Sydney University

11. Mahalia Murphy – Australian Sevens, NSW, Campbeltown

12. Sharni Williams (C) – Australian Sevens, ACT, Canberra Royals

13. Sarah Riordan – Australian Defence Force, Victoria, Unicorns

14. Nareta Marsters – Queensland, Sunnybank

15. Samantha Treherne – Queensland, Sunnybank


16. Louise Burrows – ACT, Royals

17. Emily Robinson – Sydney, Warringah

18. Hana Ngaha – Queensland, Sunnybank

19. Mollie Gray – Australian Defence Force, NSW, Maitland

20. Kate Brown – ACT, Tuggeranong Vikings

21. Fenella Hake – Queensland, Redlands

22. Kayla Sauvao – Sydney, Parramatta

23. Trilleen Pomare – Western Australia, Wanneroo