Super W training squad named


22/10/2018



By NSW Rugby Media

Preparation for the 2019 Super W competition has started with the naming of a group of 47 players in the NSW Women’s training squad.

The squad includes up and coming youngsters and players with Test experience, including 23 of the 2018 Super W squad members, 18 of which are also Wallaroos.

Ellie ‘Wrecking Ball’ Johnston, who hails from the Mid North Coast has only been playing rugby for eight months. Playing for Wauchope Thunder, Johnston was selected to play for NSW Country after a standout performance in the Country Championships earlier this year.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to train under the coaches and alongside the other talented girls in NSW,” Johnston said.

“If it wasn’t for the Super W trial matches, I may not have even been selected. These trial games gave girls from the country an opportunity to show what they can do on the field and the chance to represent their State,” she added.

Fi Jones, who helped lead Sydney University to a Jack Scott victory in September, will return to the Super W outfit for 2019 after a blistering season in which she was included in the Wallaroos squad as well.

“I gained so much experience from 2018’s Super W and the Wallaroos, so I’m just focused on building on that experience and preparing well for next season. I’d also obviously like to continue our winning streak and take out the 2019 Super W trophy too,” Jones said.

Jones started playing rugby when she was 14. Originally from the UK, rugby stole her heart in Australia and she’s never looked back.

“I was traveling around Australia when I met some of the Sydney University girls through an old teammate. I played a few Sevens tournaments at the time, but that’s how I was introduced to Sydney University and I’ve now played with them for five years. It’s a family away from home for me, I’m very grateful for all the opportunities I have been given with them,” Jones said.

“Club rugby is so important for the development of players because a lot of girls and women walk into our club not having played before. This is where they get to learn the game and have fun, but now there is a clear pathway into representative rugby with the two trial games from this year, Super W and beyond,” Jones added.

 

Training squad

 

Backs

First name

Surname

Club

Katrina

Barker

(Newcastle)

Illseva

Batibasaga

(Sydney University)

Claudia

Bell

(Sydney University)

Kennedy

Cherrington

(Warringah)

Josephine

Falesita

(Parramatta)

Alafou

Fatu

(Parramatta)

Courtney

Frankl

(Eastern Suburbs)

Ash

Hewson

(Sydney University)

Ellie

Johnston

(Wauchope Thunder)

Atasi

Lafai

(Campbelltown)

Chloe

Laupepe

(Warringah)

Kirrily

Laws

(Sydney University)

Phoebe

Loughhead

(Eastern Suburbs)

Crystal

Maguire

(Warringah)

Arabella

McKenzie

(Eastern Suburbs)

Cobie-Jane

Morgan

(Warringah)

Mahalia

Murphy

(Campbelltown)

Shanice

Parker

(Warringah)

Jasmine

Sio

(West Harbour)

Maya

Stewart

(Newcastle)

Mardi

Watts

(Warringah)

Forwards

Katalina

Baekdal

(Parramatta)

Emily

Chancellor

(Sydney University)

Britney

Duff

(Warringah)

Melissa

Fatu

(Parramatta)

Amanda

Gibson

(Warringah)

Noella

Green

(Sydney University)

Grace

Hamilton

(Sydney University)

Jemima

Henry

(Campbelltown)

Evelyn

Horomia

(Parramatta)

Fi

Jones

(Sydney University)

Ariana

Kaiwai

(Blacktown)

Eva

Karpani

(Randwick)

Victoria

Latu

(Parramatta)

Natalie

Maclarn

(Warringah)

Yolanda

Maiava

(Blacktown)

Loretta

Mailangi

(Parramatta)

Sera

Naiqama

(Sydney University)

Pareake

O'Brien

(Parramatta)

Bridie

O'Gorman

(Sydney University)

Emily

Robinson

(Warringah)

Tasmin

Sheppard

(Sydney University)

Ana-Lise

Sio

(Parramatta)

Alex

Sulusi

(Parramatta)

Inge

Visser

(Avoca Sharks)

Tisera

Volkman

(Sydney University)

Matalena

Wilson

(Warringah)





 



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