SQUAD NEWS: Young faces dominate Rugby WA Super W group

Thu, 06/02/2020, 03:00 am
Emma Greenwood
by Emma Greenwood
Ashlee Temple will captain Rugby WA in Super W this season. Photo: Getty Images
Ashlee Temple will captain Rugby WA in Super W this season. Photo: Getty Images

Rugby WA have named a 29-member Super W squad ahead of their first match against the Brumbies on February 15.

After missing the finals in the opening two years of the competition, the Rugby WA women are looking to improve their position and challenge for a place in the top three - and a maiden playoff berth.

Just over half the squad is new to the black and gold jersey, with coach Sebastian Delport excited at the potential of his playing group.

"We are looking forward to seeing our debutants take the field against the Brumbies in round one, they have worked incredibly hard during our pre-season, and have earned their jerseys,” he said.

“The squad are in good shape after a longer pre-season, they have shown great character and cohesion during our preparations for Super W 2020.

“We as a coaching staff hope they enjoy the experience of representing WA women's rugby on a national stage and are excited to see them take the field and strive together to deliver an 80-minute performance."

Developing young talent has also been a core focus for the group off the back of recent performances from Rugby WA’s youth sides.

“The 2020 squad is much younger than the previous two squads," Delport said.

"We have several players looking to make their Super W debuts this season, and we are seeing a changing of the guard in this year’s team.

“Fans should expect to see a fit, talented squad who are determined to represent WA with pride and express themselves at the top level.”

As well as several new faces - many of them players from the UWA Uni 7s squad - Delport has returning Wallaroos Rebecca Clough, Ariana Hira-Herangi and Trilleen Pomare, who will guide his young side through the Super W season alongside Ashlee Temple, who will captain the side in her second year in the competition.

“Ash has been a key part of our leadership group this year, her performance and relational character skills are first class," Delport said.

“Along with the rest of the leaders in the team, she has helped the players take ownership of our day to day standards as we strive for continuous improvement on and off the field.”

Rugby WA women will take on the Brumbies women in Super W's round one at Canberra's GIO Stadium on February 15, kicking off at 4:35pm AEDT.

Rugby WA Super W Squad

Frieda Ah Sam - Wanneroo

Sera Ah-Sam - Wanneroo

Maddi Ashton - Wanneroo

Chrystal Asiata - Cottesloe

Katie Barnes - Cottesloe

Neesha    Barrett - Kalamunda

Rebecca Clough - Cottesloe

Hineana Dando - Kalamunda

Taylah Eastwood - Cottesloe

Yolanda Forsyth - Cottesloe

Taylavie Frost Kelemete - Cottesloe

Cara Gleave - Cottesloe

Maraea Green – Wanneroo*

Taj Heald - Souths (SA)

Ariana Hira-Herangi - Kalamunda

Tamika Jones - Wests Scarborough*

Charlotte Kennington - Sunnybank (QLD)

Nicole Leddington - Wests Scarborough*

Claudia Nielse - Cottesloe

Moana Paul - Kalamunda

Trilleen Pomare - Kalamunda

Paihau Pomare - Kalamunda

Emysen Robinson - Wanneroo

Langley Sesega - Cottesloe

Ashlee Temple – Kalamunda (C)

Dallys Tini - Kalamunda

Crystal Walters - Kalamunda

Darryl Wickliffe - Wanneroo

Aiysha Wigley – Wanneroo

*Donates Training Squad Only

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