Super W trial time


By Rebecca Szabo

The NSW Women’s team’s preparation for the upcoming Super W season is well underway, with plenty of changes and new hopefuls making the squad of 30.

On Saturday, NSW takes on the Brumbies Women in a trial match at the Bowral Rugby Club. Kick-off is at 1400 and admission is free.

As the reigning Super W champions, NSW Women’s Head Coach Matt Evrard is reminding the new-look squad not to get complacent.

“The hardest thing to do in any sport is going back to back, not many teams do it… It’s our challenge now to work out how we get even further ahead.”

With new faces emerging in the NSW Women’s squad there is set to be some tough internal competition for the game day line-up when Super W kicks off later this month. “We’ve got really good depth, which is a great testament to the quality of girls we have coming through,” Evrard said.

And 2019 brings a new focus for the team. “The girls had a lack of clarity around content and around what they actually wanted to achieve, it led to a lot of uncertainty on the field last year, the biggest thing for us is trying to get the details right and make sure everyone’s on board from day one, understanding is key,” Evrard explains.

Iliseva Batibasaga sums up the team’s goals: “We want to keep it tight as a unit, we want to remain humble as team on and off the field and make sure we get the job done.”

Young squad member Kennedy Cherrington takes it further: “A close family unit and family culture between the women benefits a lot of the new and younger faces coming into the squad. I really love being around it, it’s something positive and something you don’t get in everyday life.”

Another key focus going into the 2019 Super W season is to be bigger and stronger and focus during pre-season is strength and conditioning.

“We’ve got a different looking team, we’ve got a bigger forward pack and stronger carriers, which allows us to do a lot more around the field,” Evrard said.

NSW Women’s team to play Brumbies Women
1. Emily Robinson
2. Tasmin Sheppard
3. Evelyn Horomia
4. Jemima Henry
5. Noella Green
6. Pareake O’Brien
7. Emily Chancellor
8. Alex Sulusi
9. Iliseva Batibasaga
10. Arabella McKenzie
11. Kirrily Laws
12. Ash Hewson
13. Crystal Maguire
14. Maya Stewart
15. Shanice Parker

16. Asoiva (Eva) Karpani
17. Loretta Mailangi
18. Melissa Fatu
19. Sera Naiqama
20. Ana-Lise Sio
21. Grace Hamilton
22. Tisera Volkman
23. Matalena Wilson
24. Katrina Barker
25. Mardi Watts
26. Chloe Leaupepe
27. Phoebe Loughhead
28. Mahalia Murphy






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