Waratah Women named for Australia A

· Super W
by Waratahs Media

A wealth of NSW Waratah’s Women will be heading to Fiji this November with Australia A for the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship in Lautoka.


NSW is well-represented across the squad with 11 inclusions – including Kennedy Cherrington, Sera Naiqama, Eva Karpani and Fi Jones.


The next generation of Australian women’s rugby will assemble for the tournament, featuring a mix of capped and up-and-coming players who have been identified as future Wallaroos. The tournament will give the squad valuable international experience against some of the best nations from our region.

Australia A has been placed in Pool B alongside Fiji and Papua New Guinea. A Black Ferns Development side will play Samoa and Tonga in Pool B.


Fiji, PNG, Tonga and Samoa will all be battling it out for Rugby World Cup qualification for the tournament’s next rendition in New Zealand in 2021, with Australia and New Zealand having already qualified for the tournament.   


Buildcorp Wallaroos Head Coach, Dwayne Nestor said the Championships would be a valuable learning experience for the wider squad.

Arabella McKenzie will start in her hometown. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley

“This tournament gives us an excellent opportunity to expose more players to the wider Wallaroos program and show them the standard required to play internationally,” Nestor said.


“2020 is a very important year for the Wallaroos as we put together the final building blocks for the 2021 Rugby World Cup.


“More game time is crucial to growing our depth and I am looking forward to this tour bringing out more players that can compete at Test level.”


The team will be coached by Queensland Reds Head Coach, Moana Virtue with Alana Thomas of the Melbourne Rebels Women as her Assistant.


Australia A Fixtures

Monday 18 November, Australia A v Tonga, 12.30pm AEDT

Friday 22 November, Australia A v Black Ferns Development, 12.30pm AEDT

Tuesday 26 November, Australia A v Samoa, 12.30pm AEDT


Australia A Squad for Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship

Grace Kemp, Brumbies Women

Michaela Leonard, Brumbies Women

Remi Wilton, Brumbies Women

Samantha Wood, Brumbies Women

Piper Duck, NSW Waratahs Women

Kennedy Cherrington, NSW Waratahs Women

Courtney Frankl, NSW Waratahs Women

Fi Jones, NSW Waratahs Women

Asoiva (Eva) Karpani, NSW Waratahs Women

Atasi Lafai, NSW Waratahs Women

Lillyann Mason, NSW Waratahs Women

Arabella Mckenzie, NSW Waratahs Women

Sera Naiqama, NSW Waratahs Women

Tasmin Sheppard, NSW Waratahs Women

Maya Stewart, NSW Waratahs Women

Millie Boyle, Queensland Reds

Alana Elisaia, Queensland Reds

Toa (Dora) Filimoehala, Queensland Reds

Georgina Friedrichs, Queensland Reds

Courtney Hodder, Queensland Reds

Averyl Mitchell, Queensland Reds

Kirby Sefo, Queensland Reds

Christina Sekona, Queensland Reds

Zahara Temara, Queensland Reds

Georgia Cormick, Melbourne Rebels Women

Janita Kareta, Melbourne Rebels Women

Tiarah Minns, Melbourne Rebels Women

Titilia Yabaki, Melbourne Rebels Women