NSW Waratahs prepare for Wallaroos test series

· Womens International
by Waratahs Media

Wallaroos Head Coach, Dwayne Nestor named a 47-player squad in April as he begins planning for the 2021 Women’s World Cup.

New South Wales was again well represented, with 16 players in line for selection for Tests against Japan and New Zealand – with Nestor expected to finalise his squad in the coming days.

“We’re lucky that we have such a big group of girls to train here [in the squad], it’s very much like Super W which has been great,” Emily Robinson said.

“Having such a big training group, it’s easy to run patterns and plays that we need to work on [before the series] and all the girls have been ripping in to fight for a spot in the final squad.”

The series against Japan will kick off on Saturday 13 July in Newcastle before heading to North Sydney Oval on Friday 19 July.

Robinson said she was looking forward to playing both Tests in New South Wales, breaking new ground in Newcastle whilst being in familiar surrounds in North Sydney.

“I haven’t played at No.2 Sportsground before but it’s an intimate venue that should provide a good atmosphere, and it’s pretty special to play at North Sydney Oval – a ground with lots of history,” Robinson said.

“It’s a pretty special opportunity to see two international teams playing a Test match at both grounds.”

Robinson has fond memories of her previous clash with Japan having notched her first win in Wallaroo gold against them at the 2017 Women’s World Cup.

“I’ve only played them [Japan] once before, they’re very disciplined and very patient with the ball in hand,” Robinson added.

“They’re a different prospect to a side like New Zealand, we’ll need to be on our game and execute what we’ve been working on over the last couple of months if we want to get a result.

“It’s great for us to play more Tests and have the opportunity to face different opposition.”

The Wallaroos are also set to take on New Zealand before a new four nations competition kicks off in 2020.

“The more high-level rugby you’re playing consistently the better players, coaches, competition standards and the Wallaroos are going to get,” she said.

NSW Waratahs Women selected in Wallaroos training squad:

Emily Chancellor - Sydney University

Grace Hamilton - Sydney University

Evelyn Horomia - Western Sydney

Fi Jones Sydney University

Asoiva (Eva) Karpani - NSW Waratahs Women

Sera Naiqama - Sydney University

Emily Robinson - Warringah

Ana-Lise Sio - Western Sydney

Katrina Barker - Newcastle

Iliseva Batibasaga - Sydney University

Atasi Lafai - Campbelltown

Chloe Leaupepe - Warringah

Crystal Maguire - Warringah

Mahalia Murphy - Campbelltown

Shanice Parker - Warringah

Maya Stewart - Newcastle Waratahs