Super W: NSW switch it up for Rebels

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by Beth Newman

NSW's women have made wholesale changes to their side to take on the Rebels women this weekend.

Coach Rob Baumann has restructured his team, with a spot and hosting rights for the Super W final already secured for NSW.

Front rowers Melissa Fatu and Sarah Laman come into the starting team, while Nat Maclarn will start in the second row alongside Inge Visser.

In the backs, Atasi Lafai goes from fullback to the wing, opening up the chance for skipper Ash Hewson to start at 15, moving Shanice Parker onto the wing and Cobie-Jane Morgan into the centres.

Baumann said he wanted to give his bench players to show their wares from the opening whistle.

“The last match against the Brumbies Women was tough, they did their homework on us and it wasn’t all smooth sailing for us," he said.

“We have a job to do in Melbourne and that’s a massive focus and the team we have picked is a reflection of the hard work of players coming off the bench in previous matches.

"They did a great job and their impact has been immense. Saturday is a chance for them to do so from the kick off."

The NSW women take on the Rebels women on Saturday afternoon, kicking off at 3pm AEST, LIVE STREAMED on RUGBY.com.au.

TEAM

1. Melissa Fatu (Parramatta)

2. Sarah Laman (Warringah)

3. Evelyn Horomia (Parramatta)

4. Inge Visser (Vice Captain, Warringah)

5. Nat Maclarn (Warringah)

6. Pareake O’Brien (Parramatta)

7. Fi Jones (Sydney University)

8. Laura Devereux (Warringah)

9. Iliseva Batibasaga (Sydney University)

10. Chloe Leaupepe (Warringah)

11. Atasi Lafai (Campbelltown)

12. Cobie-Jane Morgan (Vice Captain, Warringah)

13. Crystal Maguire (Warringah)

14. Shanice Parker (Warringah)

15. Ash Hewson (Captain, Sydney University)

Reserves

16. Tasmin Sheppard (Sydney University)

17. Nancy Vaiaku (Parramatta)

18. Emily Robinson (Warringah)

19. Ana-Lise Sio (Parramatta)

20. Grace Hamilton (Sydney University)

21. Kennedy Cherrington (Randwick)

22. Josephine Falesita (Parramatta)

23. Kirrily Laws (Sydney University)

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