NSW Women’s squad named for Super W


By NSW Waratahs Media unit

NSW Women’s coach Rob Baumann has named his 30-strong squad ahead of the inaugural 2018 Super W season.

And there are some familiar faces in the line-up, including Wallaroos Ashleigh Hewson, Grace Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Chloe Leaupepe and Alexandra Sulusi.

A number of players who made their mark on the first-ever NRC Women’s competition in 2017, the Chikarovski Cup, will make the transition to the State level.

“It’s a fantastic initiative, and one of the advantages that rugby union has over all other codes is that it has an established pathway,” Baumann said.

“This really is the icing on a cake that has undertaken a lot of work to get to where it is today in the inordinate growth and success of women’s rugby in the last few years. It’s been capped off by a fully fledged Super W competition and we are 100% supportive of the growth of the women’s game in Australia.

“Through the addition of the Women’s NRC, we were able to identify certain women who came to the trials and have now progressed to the provincial Super W level. The NRC provides a genuine pathway into this squad with admissions from the NSW Country Eagles.

“We’ve got a really good blend of experienced players and youth and I’m pretty excited for what lies ahead.”

NSW Women’s Super W squad:


 Katrina Barker  Centre / Halfback
 Iliseva Batibasaga  Halfback / Centre / Flanker
 Nat Crow    Centre / Flyhalf / Wing
 Laura Devereux    Backrow / Hooker
 Josephine Falesita   Halfback / Centre
 Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa'amausili  Flanker
 Melissa Fatu  Hooker / Prop
 Alafou Fatu  Centre / Wing
 Grace Hamilton  Backrow
 Ashleigh Hewson  Flyhalf / Fullback
 Evelyn Horomia 
 Fi Jones    Flanker
 Ariana Kaiwai   Flanker
 Atasi Lafai  Fullback / Wing / Centre
 Sarah Laman  Hooker / Backrow
 Kirrily Laws  Wing
 Chloe Leaupepe  Flyhalf / Fullback
 Natalie Maclarn  Lock
 Crystal Maguire  Centre
 Cobie-Jane Morgan  Halfback / Centre / Wing
 Pareake O’Brien  Flanker / Centre
 Shanice Parker 
 Fullback / Wing / Centre
 Emily Robinson Prop
 Tasmin Sheppard Prop / Hooker
 Talaopatina Sio Prop
 Ana-Lise Sio Lock
 Alexandra Sulusi Lock / Backrow
 Nancy Vaiaku Prop
 Inge Visser Lock / Backrow
 Mardi Watts Wing / Fullback







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