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Wallaroos side named for second pool game of the Women’s Rugby World Cup

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Wallaroos head coach Paul Verrell has made only three changes to his match-day 23 ahead of the side’s second pool game of the 2017 Rugby World Cup against France this Sunday (4.45am AEST Monday), at University College Dublin (UCD) Bowl.

After the Wallaroos’ narrow 19-17 loss to Ireland in their opening match, Verrell has opted for consistency, only making the one change to the starting XV. Australian Defence Force centre Sarah Riordan has been named to start in the centres alongside Sharni Williams, with Kayla Sauavo moving to the reserves.


A further two changes have been made to the bench, with ACT frontrower Louise Burrows selected after being called into the side as injury cover for Evelyn Horomia, who has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a calf-injury.

Western Australia’s Ashleigh Timoko has also been brought into the reserves in place of Ashleigh Hewson, who was ruled out through a minor injury.

Head coach Paul Verrell said: “We were really pleased with the way the team performed in their match against Ireland after we made nine changes from the final Test of the New Zealand Tour, and it’s important now that we look to build combinations within the team.

“Our forwards competed well against an experienced Irish pack and they’ll face a similar challenge this Sunday against the French.

“Our backline showed they can be very dangerous with the ball in hand, but we need them to continue to build as we lead into the match against the French. The addition of Sarah Riordan will provide us with another strong ball running option in the midfield.

“The team proved to themselves what they’re capable of in that match against the Irish and now we need them to continue to perform at that level, whilst also looking to grow and develop as a collective unit.”

The Wallaroos will play France on Sunday evening at UCD bowl in Dublin, kick-off at 7:45pm local time (4:45am, Monday 14 August AEST). The match will be broadcast live via FOX SPORTS.

Wallaroos side to face Ireland:

1.         Liz Patu – Queensland, Wests

2.         Cheyenne Campbell – Queensland, Redlands

3.         Hilisha Samoa – Queensland, Brothers

4.         Chloe Butler – South Australia, Parramatta

5.         Millie Boyle – ACT, Canberra Royals

6.         Mollie Gray – Australian Defence Force (ADRFU), NSW, Maitland

7.         Shannon Parry – Australian Sevens, Queensland, Redlands

8.         Grace Hamilton – Sydney, Sydney University

9.         Katrina Barker – NSW Country, Newcastle University

10.       Trilleen Pomare – Western Australia, Wanneroo

11.       Mahalia Murphy – Australian Sevens, NSW, Campbell Town

12.       Sharni Williams – Australian Sevens, ACT, Canberra Royals

13.       Sarah Riordan – Australian Defence Force (ADRFU), Victoria, Melbourne

14.       Nareta Marsters – Queensland, Sunnybank

15.       Samantha Treherne – Queensland, Sunnybank


16.       Louise Burrows – ACT, Royals

17.       Emily Robinson – Sydney, Warringah

18.       Hana Ngaha – Queensland, Sunnybank

19.       Rebecca Clough – Western Australia, Cottesloe

20.       Alisha Hewett – Australian Defence Force (ADRFU), Queensland, GPS

21.       Fenella Hake – Queensland, Redlands

22.       Kayla Sauvao – Sydney, Parramatta

23.       Ashleigh Timoko – Western Australia, Wanneroo