Super W: Aitken finalises 2020 squad

· Super W
by Waratahs Media

Newly appointed NSW Waratahs Women’s Head Coach, Campbell Aitken has trimmed his pre-season squad, naming his final 30 players for the 2020 Buildcorp Super W season.

 

The two-time Champions will be looking to secure an unprecedented third title this season, and have maintained the core of the squad assembled in the competition’s inaugural season.

 

They’ll welcome back a Wallaroo contingent that features the likes of Grace Hamilton, Emily Chancellor, Emily Robinson, Eva Karpani and Iliseva Batibasaga.

Iliseva Batibasaga will start at no.9 with Georgia Cormick ruled out. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley

Aitken will have 13 players at his disposal who have been capped for their country.

 

He’ll also have a selection of players from the ‘Australia A’ side that took part in the Oceania Women’s Championship including Sera Naiqama, Kennedy Cherrington, Maya Stewart and Courtney Frankl.

 

Two players from that tour – Lilyann Mason-Spice and Piper Duck – have been included in their first Super W squad after also impressing in the AON 7s.

 

They’ll be joined by fellow newcomers Aaliyah Fa’amausili, Bridie O’Gorman, Jade Huggins and Adiana Talakai – the sister of Chris from NSW’s Super Rugby squad.

 

Former QLD Red and Australian 7s representative, Georgina Friedrichs has also been named in the NSW Waratahs Women’s squad after turning out for Randwick Magic in 2019.


Blacktown Warriors Pauline Pilae also enters her first Super W season, having recently arrived in NSW from New Zealand having played in the Farah Palmer Cup.

 

NSW Waratahs Women’s Head Coach, Campbell Aitken said selecting his final squad proved a challenging task.

 

“We’ve put together a really strong squad, we’re [coaching staff] excited about getting stuck into preparations for the season ahead,” Aitken said.

 

“In saying that, we had to make some tough decisions and leave out some fantastic players who did a great job over the last month of training.

 

“Through the Jack Scott Cup and the programs run by NSW Rugby we have developed some incredible depth right across the park, which has also seen us have some strong representation at a national level.

 

“It’s always tough leaving players out but I’d like to thank everyone for being part of our pre-season program.”

Maya Stewart had a try for the Waratahs. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley

Aitken said he was excited about the potential of some of the squad’s fresh faces.

 

“Players like Lilyann Mason-Spice and Piper Duck are really exciting prospects,” added Aitken.

 

“To have them in a Super W environment and around experienced players week-in-week-out is only going to benefit their development as players.”

 

NSW Waratahs Women 2020 Super W squad:

 

First Name

Last Name

Club

Aaliyah

Fa’amausili*

Randwick

Adiana

Talakai*

Sydney University

Arabella

McKenzie

Randwick

Asoiva (Eva)

Karpani

Randwick

Atasi

Lafai

Campbelltown

Bridie

O'Gorman*

Sydney University

Chloe

Leaupepe

Western Sydney Two Blues

Courtney

Frankl

Eastern Suburbs

Emily

Chancellor

Sydney University

Emily

Robinson

Warringah

Evelyn

Horomia

Western Sydney Two Blues

Fi

Jones

Sydney University

Georgina

Freidrichs

Randwick

Grace

Hamilton

Sydney University

Iliseva

Batibasaga

Sydney University

Jade

Huggins*

Western Sydney Two Blues

Jemima

Henry

Campbelltown

Katrina

Barker

Newcastle Waratahs

Kennedy

Cherrington

Randwick

Layne

Morgan*

Randwick

Lillyann

Mason – Spice*

Central West

Maya

Stewart

Newcastle Waratahs

Melissa

Fatu

Western Sydney Two Blues

Noella

Green

Sydney University

Oneata

Schwalger

Randwick

Pauline

Piliae*

Blacktown

Piper

Duck*

Sydney University

Sera

Naiqama

Sydney University

Shanice

Parker

Warringah

Taz

Sheppard

Sydney University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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