Wallaroos announce squad for O'Reilly Cup & WXV1 Tournament

Tue, Sep 19, 2023, 7:07 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning has confirmed a 30-player squad for the O'Reilly Cup and the inaugural WXV.
Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning has confirmed a 30-player squad for the O'Reilly Cup and the inaugural WXV.

Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning has confirmed a 30-player squad for the O'Reilly Cup and the inaugural WXV.

Tregonning has named four debutants, with Reds back Mel Wilks called into the squad after a strong club season for Bond University.

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She is joined by Waratahs trio Brianna Hoy, Desiree Miller and Leilani Nathan.

Wallaroos captain Piper Duck will remain on the sidelines after ankle surgery, with Michaela Leonard set to retain the captaincy.

“It was great to have the majority of the managed squad in camp during the first week of September at Ballymore, the new home for women’s rugby,” Tregonning said in a statement.

“From this camp, the selectors have chosen a squad of 30 leading into the upcoming O’Reilly Cup and WXV tournament.

“We are excited to get back out there and to continue to test ourselves against the best teams in the world."

Waratah Atasi Lafai has been named, making her recovery after a heartbreaking injury suffered in last year's World Cup.

“The squad remains largely the same from the Pacific Four Series as we look to continue to build combinations and Test experience. New Zealand into England, France and Wales is an exciting way to finish up the 2023 season," Tregonning added.

“I am particularly happy for Atasi Lafai – she had a tough break with her injury at the World Cup last year.

"The grit and determination that she has shown during what has been a long rehab journey for her this year has been a testament to her character.”

The team will assemble at the Ballymore National Rugby Training Centre in Brisbane on September 22, before travelling to Hamilton in New Zealand to face the Black Ferns in the O’Reilly Cup on September 30.

This will be followed by the WXV opener against England (October 20) before facing France (October 28) and Wales (November 3).

WALLAROOS SQUAD FOR O'REILLY CUP AND WXV1 MATCHES Forwards

Emily Chancellor – 32 – Harlequins – 19 caps

Bree-Anna Cheatham – 26 – Queensland Reds – 5 caps

Annabelle Codey – 26 – Queensland Reds – 4 caps

Brianna Hoy – 23 – NSW Waratahs – uncapped

Eva Karpani – 27 – NSW Waratahs – 17 caps

Atasi Lafai – 29 – NSW Waratahs – 6 caps 

Kaitlan Leaney – 22 – Harlequins – 11 caps

Michaela Leonard (c) – 28 – Western Force – 18 caps

Ashley Marsters – 29 – Melbourne Rebels – 23 caps

Tania Naden – 31 – ACT Brumbies – 6 caps

Sera Naiqama – 28 – NSW Waratahs – 10 caps

Leilani Nathan – 23 – NSW Waratahs – uncapped

Bridie O’Gorman – 24 – NSW Waratahs – 15 caps

Emily Robinson – 30 – NSW Waratahs – 20 caps

Adiana Talakai – 24 – NSW Waratahs – 12 caps

Tabua Tuinakauvadra – 20 – ACT Brumbies – 1 cap

Backs

Lori Cramer – 30 – Exeter Chiefs – 17 caps

Carys Dallinger – 23 – Queensland Reds – 2 caps

Georgina Friedrichs – 28 – NSW Waratahs – 15 caps

Jasmin Huriwai – 29 – ACT Brumbies – 4 caps

Arabella McKenzie – 24 – Harlequins – 18 caps

Desiree Miller – 21 – NSW Waratahs – uncapped

Faitala Moleka – 18 – ACT Brumbies – 2 caps

Layne Morgan – 24 – NSW Waratahs – 15 caps

Trilleen Pomare – 30 – Western Force – 21 caps

Cecilia Smith – 29 – Queensland Reds – 8 caps

Maya Stewart – 23 – NSW Waratahs – 5 caps

Melanie Wilks - 23 - Queensland Reds - uncapped 

Ivania Wong – 25 – Queensland Reds – 11 caps

Utility

Siokapesi Palu – 26 – ACT Brumbies – 3 caps

WALLAROOS FIXTURES

Wallaroos v Black Ferns, Saturday 30 September, FMG Stadium, Waikato (Second O'Reilly Cup Match)

Wallaroos v England, Friday 20 October, at Sky Stadium, Wellington, 7:00pm NZDT (WXV1)

Wallaroos v France, Saturday 28 October, at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, 7:00pm NZDT (WXV1)

Wallaroos v Wales, Friday 3 November, Go Media Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, 7:00pm NZDT (WXV1)

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