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Wallaroos reveal squad for May series as gold jersey is unveiled

Tue, 26/04/2022, 11:57 pm
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
A bumper Test year ahead with the Wallabies set to play England in a three-match series in July, while the Wallaroos will face face Fijiana and Japan in May.

Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning has named a 32-player squad for next month's two test series against Fijiana and Japan.

The squad includes 22 uncapped players as they prepare for a long awaited return to Queensland and the Test arena, with the first Test on May 6 against Fijiana at Suncorp Stadium.

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This will be followed four days later with a clash with Japan, who were defeated 46-3 by the Wallaroos in their previous encounter in 2019.

After their narrow Super W Final defeat, the NSW Waratahs dominate the squad with 15 players, as the likes of Sera Naiqama and Georgina Friedrichs push for their first cap.

They are joined by standout backrower Tamika Jones, who earned selection after a strong season.

Force teammate Trillian Pomare and Reds and Sevens star Shannon Parry are amongst the experienced figures in the squad, with Parry looking for her first appearance since 2017.

“The coaching group has been impressed by the amount of quality rugby throughout the Buildcorp Super W season; it’s certainly made selection decisions challenging," Tregonning said in a statement.

“These two Test matches are crucial to our Rugby World Cup preparation. We are fortunate that we can welcome Fiji and Japan, two strong rugby nations, who are also competing at the Rugby World Cup, to Australian shores.

“I know both matches will be incredibly competitive and a real treat for our fans and supporters.”

It will also carry extra significance with the Wallaroos set to play their first match in the gold jersey, following the adoption by the Wallabies and Sevens sides across the past 12 months.

“I am delighted to see such a promising Buildcorp Wallaroos squad selected off the back of a competitive Buildcorp Super W season and I cannot wait to see them in action at Suncorp Stadium in our gold jersey," RA CEO Andy Marinos added.

“Across the business we’ve spoken about this iconic jersey being about our history and our future. It is fantastic that now we have all our national teams representing Australia in the same golden thread.”

Buildcorp Wallaroos May Squad

Iliseva Batibagasga – NSW Waratahs

Emily Chancellor - NSW Waratahs

Annabelle Codey - Queensland Reds

Lori Cramer – NSW Waratahs

Piper Duck – NSW Waratahs

Georgina Friedrichs – NSW Waratahs

Grace Hamilton – NSW Waratahs

Tamika Jones – Western Force

Asovia (Eva) Kapani – NSW Waratahs

Janita Kareta – Melbourne Rebels

Grace Kemp - Brumbies

Kaitlan Leaney – NSW Waratahs

Michaela Leonard - Brumbies

Ashley Marsters - Rebels

Lilyann Mason-Spice - Brumbies

Jemima McCalman - Brumbies

Arabella McKenzie – NSW Waratahs

Tiarna Molloy - Queensland Red

Layne Morgan- NSW Waratahs

Mahalia Murphy - NSW Waratahs

Sera Naiqama – NSW Waratahs

Bridie O'Gorman – NSW Waratahs

Siokapesi Palu - Brumbies

Shannon Parry - Queensland Reds

Liz Patu – Queensland Reds

Pauline Piliae – NSW Waratahs

Trilleen Pomare – Western Force

Madison Schuck – Queensland Reds

Cecilia Smith - Queensland Reds

Adiana Talakai – NSW Waratahs

Melanie Wilks - Queensland Reds

Ivania Wong – Queensland Reds

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