NSW Waratahs well represented in first Wallaroos squad of 2022

Wed, 4/27/2022, 12:00 AM
Waratahs Media
by Waratahs Media
Piper Duck, Kaitlan Leaney and Sera Naiqama have all been selected in the first Wallaroos squad of 2022
Piper Duck, Kaitlan Leaney and Sera Naiqama have all been selected in the first Wallaroos squad of 2022

Buildcorp Wallaroos Head Coach, Jay Tregonning has today confirmed his 32-player squad for the upcoming Test series against Fiji and Japan.

The NSW Waratahs are well represented in the first Wallaroo’s squad of 2022, with a total of 15 players selected off the back of another strong campaign in the Buildcorp Super W competition.

The eagerly awaited return of the Buildcorp Wallaroos will be made extra special with the the program also confirming that they will wear the iconic Gold Jersey, which has become synonymous with Australian Rugby in the side’s first Test match against the Fijiana at Suncorp Stadium on Friday 6 May

The new-look Buildcorp Wallaroos squad includes 22 uncapped players, who are all eager to make their long-awaited debuts for the program and cement their place in the squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

NSW Waratahs Georgia Friedrichs and Sera Naiqama will be in contention for their long-awaited test debuts being key figures within the Wallaroos outfit for the last two years.

Experienced fly-half Trillian Pomare returns to the group for the first time under Jay Tregonning, and will be joined by Western Force teammate Tamika Jones who forced her way into the national fold after a dominant showing in Buildcorp Super W.

Queensland Reds captain Shannon Parry will bring another level of experience to this young squad looking for her first test cap since 2017.

The newly formed squad will assemble on the Gold Coast on Saturday 30 April as they finalise their preparations for the upcoming matches, following a training camp earlier this year.

The Fijiana Test will be the first for the Buildcorp Wallaroos, before the team take on Japan at Bond University on the Gold Coast on Tuesday 10 May.

Buildcorp Wallaroos head coach Jay Tregonning said: “The coaching group has been impressed by the amount of quality rugby throughout the Buildcorp Super W season; it’s certainly made selection decisions challenging.”

“These two Test matches are crucial to our Rugby World Cup preparation. We are fortunate that we can welcome Fiji and Japan, two strong rugby nations, who are also competing at the Rugby World Cup, to Australian shores.

“I know both matches will be incredibly competitive and a real treat for our fans and supporters.”

Andy Marinos Rugby Australia Chief Executive said: “I am delighted to see such a promising Buildcorp Wallaroos squad selected off the back of a competitive Buildcorp Super W season and I cannot wait to see them in action at Suncorp Stadium in our gold jersey.

“Across the business we’ve spoken about this iconic jersey being about our history and our future. It is fantastic that now we have all our national teams representing Australia in the same golden thread.”

Squad Summary Total Test caps: 116 Uncapped players: 22 Average Test caps: 10 Most capped: Liz Patu (22 caps) Breakdown: Brumbies 6, NSW Waratahs 15, Queensland Reds 8, Melbourne Rebels 2, Western Force 2

Buildcorp Wallaroos May Squad

Iliseva Batibasaga – NSW Waratahs

Emily Chancellor - NSW Waratahs

Annabelle – Codey Queensland Reds

Lori Cramer – NSW Waratahs

Piper Duck – NSW Waratahs

Georgina Friedrichs – NSW Waratahs

Grace Hamilton – NSW Waratahs

Tamika Jones – Western Force

Asoiva (Eva) Karpani – NSW Waratahs

Janita Kareta – Melbourne Rebels

Grace Kemp - Brumbies

Kaitlan Leaney – NSW Waratahs

Michaela Leonard - Brumbies

Ashley Marsters - Rebels

Lilyann Mason-Spice - Brumbies

Jemima McCalman - Brumbies

Arabella McKenzie – NSW Waratahs

Tirana Molloy - Queensland Red

Layne Morgan- NSW Waratahs

Mahalia Murphy - NSW Waratahs

Sera Naiqama – NSW Waratahs

Bridie O'Gorman – NSW Waratahs

Pesi Palu - Brumbies

Shannon Parry - Queensland Reds

Liz Patu – Queensland Reds

Pauline Pilae – NSW Waratahs

Trilleen Pomare – Western Force

Madison Schuck – Queensland Reds

Cecilia Smith - Queensland Reds

Adriana Talakai – NSW Waratahs

Melanie Wilks - Queensland Reds

Ivania Wong – Queensland Red