The Wallaroos play Catch-up

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Jay Tregonning has announced the names of 32 Wallaroos to appear in the Pacific-Four series next month. (See list and fixtures below).

The squad has even less test level experience than the Black Ferns when they undertook their northern tour last year. The two nations meet in the opening round of the tournament.

There was disquiet as the Japanese Sakura team defeated Australia 12-10 away from home. It undid the good work of the win over Fijiana (36-19).

The Wallaroos’ results against their three opponents are not encouraging. They have not beaten the Black Ferns in nineteen attempts and the Maple Leafs in three. They have defeated the Eagles once in five tests.

Tregonning has made just one change, introducing Bree-Anna Cheatham who returns from injury.

The squad of 32 players includes nine uncapped players:

Iliseva Batibasaga (NSW Waratahs, 17 caps)
Emily Chancellor (NSW Waratahs, 8 caps)
Bree-Anna Cheatham* (Queensland Reds)
Annabelle Codey* (Queensland Reds)
Lori Cramer (6 caps, NSW Waratahs)
Piper Duck (2 caps, NSW Waratahs)
Georgina Friedrichs (2 caps, NSW Waratahs)
Grace Hamilton (17 caps, NSW Waratahs)
Tamika Jones* (Western Force)
Asoiva (Eva) Karpani (4 caps, NSW Waratahs)
Grace Kemp* (Brumbies)
Kaitlan Leaney (2 caps, NSW Waratahs)
Michaela Leonard (5 caps, Brumbies)
Ashley Marsters (12 caps, Melbourne Rebels)
Lillyann Mason-Spice* (Brumbies)
Jemima McCalman (2 caps, Brumbies)
Arabella McKenzie (6 caps, NSW Waratahs)
Tiarna Molloy* (Queensland Reds)
Layne Morgan (2 caps, NSW Waratahs)
Mahalia Murphy (13 caps, NSW Waratahs)
Sera Naiqama (2 caps, NSW Waratahs)
Bridie O’Gorman (2 caps, NSW Waratahs)
Siokapesi Palu* (Brumbies)
Shannon Parry (captain, 14 caps, Queensland Reds)
Liz Patu (25 caps, Queensland Reds)
Pauline Piliae-Rasabale (2 caps, NSW Waratahs)
Trilleen Pomare (13 caps, Western Force)
Madison Schuck (2 caps, Queensland Reds)
Cecilia Smith* (Queensland Reds)
Adiana Talakai (2 caps, NSW Waratahs)
Melanie Wilks* (Queensland Reds)
Ivania Wong (2 caps, Queensland Reds)


Australia’s Pacific-Four fixtures:

Monday 6 June
v New Zealand, The Domain, Tauranga, New Zealand (14:45)
Sunday 12 June
v USA, The Trusts Arena, Waitakere, Auckland (12:15)
Saturday 18 June
v Canada, Semenoff Stadium, Whangarei (13:30)

All times local