Visser gets the nod to lead NSW against Brumbies

Super W
by RUGBY.com.au staff

Experienced international lock Inge Visser will lead the NSW Women's team when they take on Brumbies Women in round three action of Buildcorp Super W at Pittwater Rugby Park on Saturday.

Visser, 34, steps up into the captaincy role after fullback and skipper Ash Hewson was stood down for this match, which will kick-off at 3pm and be followed by the first grade trial between Shute Shield clubs Warringah and Gordon.

NSW coach Rob Baumann decided to give skipper Hewson the weekend off after she picked up a couple of knocks in the first two weeks of Super W.

"Ash picked up a bit of a shoulder knock in our week one game against Queensland and there are a few other things," Baumann said.

"So we decided to get her right at this stage of the season and really rip in and push towards the end of the season.

"There'll be no problems with Inge, she knows her way around the field and has been part of the leadership group all the way through."

Visser has played international rugby for the Netherlands.

NSW Women's team selectors have also opted to start Iliseva Batibasaga at scrumhalf while Crystal Maguire comes back into the side after having a week off following a head knock in the game against Queensland.

Cobie-Jane Morgan, one of the team's better performers against the Western Force in the 32-10 victory, will work off the bench covering a number of positions including flyhalf, centre and No. 9.

Atasi Lafai, who made several good runs against the Force at Allianz Stadium, will wear the No. 15 jersey in Hewson's absence.

Baumann added: "We got a bit bogged down in the middle of the field against the Force so we are hoping that we can really push on and show what we can do in what will be a great environment down there at Rat Park."

The Brumbies team will feature New Zealand Black Ferns lock Charlene Grubb who has moved to Canberra to be with her partner who plays in the NRL with the Canberra Raiders.

TEAMS

NSW Women's team to play Brumbies Women

1. Emily Robinson

2. Tasmin Sheppard

3. Evelyn Horomia

4. Inge Visser (C)

5. Ana-Lise Sio

6. Grace Hamilton

19. Ariana Kaiwai

8. Laura Devereux

9. Iliseva Batibasaga (vc)

10. Chloe Leaupepe

11. Shanice Parker

12. Kennedy Cherrington

13. Crystal Maguire

14. Josephine Falesita

15. Atasi Lafai

Reserves

16. Sarah Laman

17. Melissa Fatu

18. Nancy Vaiaku

20. Natalie  Maclarn

7. Fi Jones

21. Alafou Fatu

22. Cobie-Jane Morgan

23. Kirrily Laws

 Brumbies Women's team to play NSW

1. Anna Korovata

2. Louise Burrows

3. Peta Cox

4. Kate Brown

5. Charlene Gubb

6. Jess Howard

7. Georgia O’Neill

8. Shellie Milward

9. Jane Garraway

10. Ash Kara

11. Darcy Read

12. Cecilia Smith

13. Paremo Marsh

14. Talei Wilson

15. Michelle Perry

Reserves

16. Emerena Aviga

17. Violeta Tupuola

18. Merrin Starr

19. Michaela Leonard

20. Tayla Stanford

21. Remi Wilton

22. Kiara Meredith-Brown

23. Samantha Wood

The NSW Women take on Brumbies Women at Pittwatter Rugby Park in Sydney. The match will kick-off at 3pm and streamed LIVE on RUGBY.com.au. There will be a full replay broadcast on FOX SPORTS.