Three Army Women selected for Walleroos

Australian Rugby Union today announced its squad of 26 players for this year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup, with 15 uncapped players named.

This followed an extensive selection process that included the Women’s National Championship, a National Selection camp, the National Women’s Sevens Championship and satellite training around the country.

In the lead up to the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup later this year, the 26-player squad will travel to New Zealand in June to compete against Canada and New Zealand in a Tri-Nations tournament.

This tournament will give the Wallaroos an excellent opportunity to test themselves against the best in the world, New Zealand’s Black Ferns.

Australian Rugby Union CEO, Bill Pulver said he’s excited about the Wallaroos’ prospects for the World Cup.

“The squad trained hard at the National Selection Camp in Canberra and I’m confident they’ll improve on their third place from the last Women’s Rugby World Cup when they head to France in August,” Mr Pulver said.

“They have an excellent coaching team led by Paul Verrell and the Tri-Nations Test series against New Zealand and Canada will be the perfect preparation on their quest for World Cup glory.

“The Australian Rugby community will certainly be cheering hard at every stage of their path to Paris.”

Head Coach Paul Verrell said he and his team were very impressed with the commitment and training of all the players at the National Selection Camp.
“After a careful and considered process we have chosen this squad to take us not only to the Tri-Nations but bring us success at the IRB Women’s World Cup. I’m confident they have the potential to go better than their third place in 2010 and we have every intention of doing so,” he said.

The squad includes representative players from right across the country and the Australian Services Rugby Union (predominantly Army).
QLD – 5
NSW – 10
ACT – 2
WA – 3
VIC – 2
ASRU – 4

NSW Representative Tui Ormsby from the Warringah Rats Rugby Club will run out for her fourth World Cup when she represents Australia in Paris.

“I’m very excited about getting to represent Australia potentially in a fourth World Cup. My journey in the 2010 World Cup ended prematurely due to injury so I’m really excited to get out there again and make the most of this opportunity.

“We have got a long road ahead of us but the feeling and sense of camaraderie at the National Selection camp was fantastic and I’m confident we will make everyone proud of the Wallaroos this year”.

The Wallaroos squad is as follows:

Number First Name Surname Representing
1 Hayley Barclay *QLD
2 Tricia Brown QLD
3 Louise Burrows ACT
4 Chloe Butler *SYD
5 Cheyenne Campbell QLD
6 Rebecca Clough WA
7 Dalena Dennison QLD
8 Mollie Gray *ASRU/ARMY
9 Natasha Haines *WA
10 Alisha Hewett *ASRU/ARMY
11 Ashleigh Hewson SYD
12 Ashley Marsters *VIC
13 Nita Maynard *SYD
14 Danielle Meskell SYD
15 Michelle Milward *ACT
16 Tui Ormsby SYD
17 Liz Patu *QLD
18 Emily Robinson *SYD
19 Brooke Saunders *ASRU
20 Oneata Schwalger *VIC
21 Rebecca Smyth NSWC
22 Alexandra Sulusi *SYD
23 Kenina Terita *SYD
24 Caroline Vakalahi ASRU/ARMY
25 Madeline Putz *WA
26 Margaret Watson NSWC
*Uncapped player

Wallaroos dates:
Tri Nations Training Camp, 28-29 May, Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen.
Tri-Nations Tournament, team travels on May 30 to New Zealand.
World Cup Training Camp, 21-27 July Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen.
The IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup commences on August 1.

The Wallaroos have France, South Africa and Wales in their World Cup pool.

For more information on the Wallaroos please contact ARU Communications Coordinator, Patrick Foulkes on 02 8005 5621 or patrick.foulkes@rugby.com.au.

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