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Wallaroos 2019

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by RugbyReg, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. RugbyReg Stirling Mortlock (74)

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    Training squad for the Japanese series has been announced with a new skipper and plenty of exciting rookies.

    Forwards
    Millie Boyle, Royals (Canberra), Queensland Women's XV
    Emily Chancellor, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women
    Rebecca Clough, Cottesloe, Rugby WA Women
    Grace Hamilton, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women
    Alisha Hewett, GPS/ADFRU, Queensland Women's XV
    Evelyn Horomia, Western Sydney, NSW Waratahs Women
    Asoiva (Eva) Karpani*, Randwick, NSW Waratahs Women
    Michaela Leonard*, Vikings, Brumbies Women
    Kiri Lingman, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV
    Ashley Marsters, Box Hill, Melbourne Rebels Women
    Shannon Mato*, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV
    Averyl Mitchell*, Souths, Queensland Women's XV
    Sera Naiqama*, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women
    Liz Patu, Wests, Queensland Women's XV
    Emily Robinson, Warringah, NSW Waratahs Women
    Christina Sekona*, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV

    Backs
    Mhicca Carter, Cottesloe, Rugby WA Women
    Georgia Cormick*, Powerhouse, Melbourne Rebels Women
    Lori Cramer*, University of Queensland, Queensland Women's XV
    Ariana Hira-Herangi*, Kalamunda, Rugby WA Women
    Chloe Leaupepe, Warringah, NSW Waratahs Women
    Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea*, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV
    Cobie-Jane Morgan, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV
    Arabella McKenzie*, Randwick, NSW Waratahs Women
    Mahalia Murphy, Campbelltown, NSW Waratahs Women
    Asako Ono*, University of Queensland, Queensland Women's XV
    Trilleen Pomare, Kalamunda, Rugby WA Women
    Sarah Riordan, Wests/ADFRU, Queensland Women's XV
    Samantha Treherne, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV
    *Denotes Uncapped
  2. dru Paul McLean (56)

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    12 from Qld, go team.
  3. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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  4. Jets Tony Shaw (54)

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    Out of interest, have the Wallaroos had more indigenous players than the Wallabies?
  5. RugbyReg Stirling Mortlock (74)

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    Who have the Wallaroos had? Murphy. Who else?
  6. LearningCurve Ted Fahey (11)

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    Has Courtney Hodder played for them yet?
  7. RugbyReg Stirling Mortlock (74)

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    no
  8. Jets Tony Shaw (54)

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    I think Lori Crammer is too. I'm not sure historically, thought someone here might have the stats.
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  9. Rugbynutter39 Greg Davis (50)

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    Forgot about the Wallaroos playing at North Sydney Oval as had intended to try and go..interesting that Newcastle game got slightly bigger crowd than what they got at North Sydney Oval..and as someone who grew up a Novocastrian I can understand why.for me why get a good product could put a team out of Newcastle (e.g. Global Rapid Rugby)….but I digress
  10. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Grace Hamilton was absolutely incredible on Friday night. What a player and what a game!

    Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea was again very impressive for such a young player. She is such an exciting prospect. Despite not being that big she powers through contact and makes so many metres with tacklers hanging off her.

    The try Millie Boyle scored was absolutely brilliant with superb offloading and support play.
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  11. Sully John Eales (66)

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    Lefau-Fakaosilea was outplayed by Murphy at 15 and the 12, forgotten her name, in my opinion.
  12. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Hira-Herangi is the 12. She had a really strong game too.

    They're certainly an exciting combination in the midfield. Both were on debut.
  13. RugbyReg Stirling Mortlock (74)

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    I think ALF was better than both to be honest. She was more involved than Murphy and she worked harder than HH. She made a couple of mistakes but she was pretty damn incredible.

    Here are my thoughts from Sully's Blog Review:

    I've really enjoyed watching this team this year. There is a lot of exciting players and these Japan hit outs have been invaluable. Imagine walking straight into a game v the Black Ferns?
    So things I think will serve us well v the BF:
    - the physicality of our pack. Our backrow is fantastic and Hamilton and Boyle are tremendous ball runners. Obviously we had a size advantage over Japan, but at least we've built our confidence and patterns.
    - we played two separate styles in the two games. More forward oriented in Newcatle and then using the backs more last night. Nice adaptability.
    - I love our back three. Very dangerous players (along with Carter from the bench). The more we can get their hands on the ball the better. I want to see Murphy in space more.
    - ALF is a sensation. Still learning the game but the vision and ability (defensively, leg drive, passing) is exceptional for a teenager. Let alone her calmness under pressure. Her combo with Hira Herangi is developing nicely.
    - our set piece is coming along nicely. The Japanese technique in the scrum was a real challenge for them but they did well.
    - Cramer's goal kicking is very good and will be key v the kiwis (hopefully we can keep it close)
    - the impact off the bench is fantastic.
    Things that are a worry:
    - I don't think our halves are quite clicking. I really like both players and they are very experienced but I don't think they are creating enough space for our backline. Morgan is a canny player but delivery can be slow.
    - our work at the breakdown was put under pressure by the Japanese and the kiwis will be all over this. Needs to be a big focus moving forward.
    - our discipline last night was pretty damn average. Can't give away that number of penalties against the kiwis.
    - we haven't been properly tested defensively yet. Some passages for sure (perhaps more in Newcastle) but not the way the kiwis will.
    Considering all of the above, I can't wait for the tests v New Zealand. I am quietly (perhaps ill-advisedly) confident of an upset.
  14. RugbyReg Stirling Mortlock (74)

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    Wallaroos squad for the New Zealand series:

    Forwards
    Millie Boyle (vc), Royals (Canberra), Queensland Women’s XV
    Emily Chancellor, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women
    Rebecca Clough, Cottesloe, RugbyWA Women
    Grace Hamilton (c), Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women
    Alisha Hewett, GPS/ADFRU, Queensland Women’s XV
    Evelyn Horomia, Western Sydney, NSW Waratahs Women
    Asoiva (Eva) Karpani, Randwick, NSW Waratahs Women
    Michaela Leonard, Vikings, Brumbies Women
    Ashley Marsters, Harlequins, Melbourne Rebels Women
    Michelle Milward, Vikings, Brumbies Women
    Shannon Mato, Sunnybank, Queensland Women’s XV
    Averyl Mitchell, Souths, Queensland Women’s XV
    Sera Naiqama, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women
    Liz Patu, Wests, Queensland Women’s XV
    Emily Robinson, Warringah, NSW Waratahs Women
    Christina Sekona, Sunnybank, Queensland Women’s XV

    Backs
    Iliseva Batibasaga, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women
    Mhicca Carter, Cottesloe, RugbyWA Women
    Georgia Cormick, Power House, Melbourne Rebels Women
    Lori Cramer, University of Queensland, Queensland Women’s XV
    Ariana Hira-Herangi, Kalamunda, RugbyWA Women
    Alysia Leafu-Fakaosilea, Sunnybank, Queensland Women’s XV
    Arabella McKenzie, Randwick, NSW Waratahs Women
    Mahalia Murphy, Campbelltown, NSW Waratahs Women
    Trilleen Pomare, Kalamunda, RugbyWA Women
    Sarah Riordan, Wests/ADFRU, Queensland Women’s XV
    Alana Elisaia*, Sunnybank, Queensland Women’s XV
    Samantha Treherne, Sunnybank Queensland Women’s XV
    *Denotes uncapped

    So changes from that initial squad are new players coming in in Iliseva Batibasaga, Alana Elisaia and Michelle Milward.

    Kiri Lingman is out injured. Cobie-Jane Morgan is out for personal reasons while the other non-selected players are Asaka Ono and Chloe Leaupepe.

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