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Ten Queensland Reds named in Wallaroos Player of National Interest Squad

Tue, 06/07/2021, 12:00 am
Reds Media Unit
by Reds Media Unit
Aleena Greenhalgh is one of ten Queenslanders named in the Wallaroos PONI squad. Photo: Getty
Aleena Greenhalgh is one of ten Queenslanders named in the Wallaroos PONI squad. Photo: Getty

Following the conclusion of Buildcorp Super W 2021, a 40 strong Buildcorp Wallaroos Player of National Interest squad has been selected, featuring ten St.George Queensland Reds. 

Eight new players have been added to the squad including Queenslanders Density Brill, Melanie Wilks, Ivania Wong and Tiarna Molloy, off the back of impressive performances in Buildcorp Super W.

Players will train with squad mates in their selected PONI groups over the next two months back in their states, alongside fulfilling club Rugby commitments. The state-based program will be managed centrally by Rugby Australia, supported by staff from each state.  

Recruitment for the Wallaroos coaches has already commenced following the resignation of the Wallaroos Head Coach and Assistant Coach and the new staffing team will be in place prior to September. 

General Manager, Women’s Rugby Jilly Collins said “Many congratulations to all those selected. The Wallaroos Selection Panel had many tough decisions to make, with so many players performing well in Super W 2021.”
“Rugby Australia looks forward to announcing new Test match dates for the Wallaroos shortly. We are working hard with all our partners to confirm the revised schedule, following the postponement of the PacificAus Sports Wallaroos Samoa Test series, due to current COVID-19 restrictions." 

Buildcorp Wallaroos Player of National Interest Squad      
*Denotes new addition into squad

Iliseva Batibasaga - NSW Waratahs
Destiny Brill - Queensland Reds* - Easts
Emily Chancellor - NSW Waratahs
Bree-Anna Cheatham - Queensland Reds - Wests
Georgia Cormick - Melbourne Rebels
Lori Cramer - NSW Waratahs
Piper Duck - NSW Waratahs
Anita Faimasui-Brown - NSW Waratahs
Georgina Friedrichs - NSW Waratahs
Aleena Greenhalgh - Queensland Reds – Bond University
Grace Hamilton - NSW Waratahs
Fiona Jones - NSW Waratahs
Eva Karpani - NSW Waratahs
Grace Kemp - Brumbies
Atasi Lafai - NSW Waratahs
Kaitlan Leaney - NSW Waratahs*
Michaela Leonard – Brumbies
Lucy Lockhart - Queensland Reds – Bond University 
Ashley Marsters - Melbourne Rebels
Lillyann Mason-Spice – Brumbies
Jemima McCalman – President’s XV
Arabella McKenzie - NSW Waratahs
Tiarah Minns - Melbourne Rebels
Tiarna Molloy - Queensland Reds* - Wests
Layne Morgan - NSW Waratahs
Mahalia Murphy - NSW Waratahs
Sera Naiqama - NSW Waratahs
Bridie O'Gorman - NSW Waratahs
Siokapesi Palu – Brumbies*
Liz Patu - Queensland Reds - Wests
Pauline Piliae - NSW Waratahs
Christina Sekona - Queensland Reds – Sunnybank 
Cecilia Smith - Queensland Reds – Easts 
Tayla Stanford - Brumbies
Maya Stewart - NSW Waratahs
Adiana Talakai - NSW Waratahs
Jade Te Aute - Melbourne Rebels*
Margot Vella - NSW Waratahs*
Melanie Wilks - Queensland Reds*- Bond University 
Ivania Wong - Queensland Reds* - Sunnybank 

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