Stewart named to debut as Wallaroos confirm side to face Scotland

Wed, Oct 12, 2022, 11:57 PM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning and captain Shannon Parry spoke after their opening match of the Rugby World Cup.

Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning has confirmed winger Maya Stewart will debut against Scotland in Whangarei on Saturday.

It completes a remarkable comeback for the NSW Waratahs flyer, suffering a serious ACL injury at the start of the year.

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Stewart is joined in the back three by Sevens flyer Bienne Terita, who scored a double in their 41-17 defeat to New Zealand last week, and Lori Cramer, who has been elevated from the bench.

“The team is incredibly excited to welcome Maya Stewart for her debut this weekend,” said Tregonning.

“Her journey has been remarkable - coming back from an ACL injury is never easy, but Stewart has done it with a smile on her face the whole way through.

“As a team, we’ve analysed our performance against New Zealand, refocused our goals and are looking for the win this weekend.”

Tregonning has kept a settled side from last week's opener against the Black Ferns, with Shannon Parry once again captaining the side.

Eva Karpani is the other change to the starting side, select in the front row alongside Adiana Talakai and Liz Patu.

Piper Duck has been included via the reserves, joined by Ashley Marsters, Bridie O’Gorman, Emily Robinson and Grace Kemp as the forward replacements.

Pauline Piliae-Rasabale will serve as valuable backline cover alongside Layne Morgan and Trilleen Pomare.

It will be the first time since 2002 the two teams will face off, with the Wallaroos looking to get their World Cup campaign back on track.

“Even though the game at Eden Park didn’t go our way last weekend, it was an invaluable experience for the team,” captain Shannon Parry added.

“Everyone is on the same page for this weekend, we’re all reaching for the same goal and our training has reflected that.

“There’s been a shift in our intensity and the team is raring to compete against Scotland.”

The clash will be shown live and ad-free on Stan Sport, with the game set to kick off at 1:00 pm (AEDT).

Wallaroos team to play Scotland at Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, on Saturday 15 October, 3:00pm NZST / 1:00pm AEDT

1. Liz Patu – Queensland Reds

2. Adiana Talakai – New South Wales Waratahs

3. Eva Karpani – New South Wales Waratahs

4. Sera Naiqama – New South Wales Waratahs

5. Atasi Lafai – New South Wales Waratahs

6. Emily Chancellor – New South Wales Waratahs

7. Shannon Parry (C) – Queensland Reds

8. Grace Hamilton – New South Wales Waratahs

9. Iliseva Batibasaga – New South Wales Waratahs

10. Arabella McKenzie – New South Wales Waratahs

11. Maya Stewart - New South Wales Waratahs

12. Sharni Williams – Australian Sevens

13. Georgina Friedrichs – New South Wales Waratahs

14. Bienne Terita – Australian Sevens

15. Lori Cramer – New South Wales Waratahs


16. Ashley Marsters – Melbourne Rebels

17. Emily Robinson – New South Wales Waratahs

18. Bridie O’Gorman– New South Wales Waratahs

19. Grace Kemp - ACT Brumbies

20. Piper Duck – New South Wales Waratahs

21. Layne Morgan – New South Wales Waratahs

22. Trilleen Pomare - Western Force

23.Pauline Piliae-Rasabale – New South Wales Waratahs

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