Pomare, Clough headline Force squad

Super W
by Sam Phillips

Star flyhalf Trilleen Pomare and Wallaroos veteran Rebecca Clough headline a Force Super W squad eager to fly the flag in the nation's west.

Pomare, who made her Test debut at flyhalf in the Wallaroos' World Cup opener against Ireland, will steer the side from flyhalf, having impressed in her handful of starts last year.

Clough will lead the forward pack from lock, having made her Wallaroos debut in 2009.

That pair will be two of seven Wallaroos that will pull on the Force jersey in the inaugural Super W, with Huia Turoa the side's other World Cup tourist from 2017.Pomare will run the Force's attack. Photo: Rugby Australia Media/Brendan HertelAhead of their maiden season, coach Sebastian Delport said the squad would endeavour to play enterprising rugby in an attempt to galvanise the state.

"We have a really strong squad,” Delport said.

"It’s been a good first month laying the foundation and getting a look at the players and now all focus turns to getting the team ready for the competition.

"The aim is to play an attacking brand of rugby, we want to keep the ball in hand, put teams under pressure and dictate the tempo of the game.

"We have quality players that can adapt themselves to pretty much any situation and that gives us a lot of options and flexibility."Clough (left) will lead the team's pack. Photo: Rugby Australia Media/Brendan HertelDelport also praised the potential of Australian Schools Sevens star Courtney Hodder, one of several exciting prospects in the west.

"We have a good mix of experienced players, including some Wallaroos, combined with some talented young players with Youth 7s experience," Delport said.

"I really see that counting in our favour, we have players that can play different positions that are equipped with great skill sets.

"I think we will be an entertaining team to watch in Super W and hopefully the WA rugby public rallies behind the team and comes down to see what the team can do."


Force squad for Super W

Alex Bannon (Cottesloe)

Annie Fagan (Palmyra)

Antoinette Jago (Cottesloe)

Ariana Carnachen (Kalamunda)

Courtney Hodder (Aranmore Catholic College)

Darryl Wickliffe (Wanneroo)

Gillian Forde (Cottesloe)

Tui Cope (Wanneroo)

Huia Turoa (Wanneroo)

Kate Alexander (Cottesloe)

Katherine Outred (Palmyra)

Katie Barnes (Cottesloe)

Kendra Fell (Palmyra)

Kristin Fairbairn (Cottesloe)

Madeline Putz (Palmyra)

Mercedes Putz (Palmyra)

Mhicca King (Cottesloe)

Natalia Tearoa (Wanneroo)

Neesha Barrett (Kalamunda)

Pauline Dupressoir (Cottesloe)

Rebecca Clough (Cottesloe)

Terau Pasene-Grennell (Nedlands)

Sophie McClure (Burnside Rugby Club, SA)

Tai Marshall (Palmyra)

Tara Reed (Palmyra)

Taylor Waterson (Wanneroo)

Trilleen Pomare (Wanneroo)

Vesinia Taufa (Palmyra)

Zakiya Kereopa (Perth Bayswater)

Zion Tauhima (Wanneroo)