Wallaroos name team for Rugby World Cup opener

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    Five eighth Trilleen Pomare and winger Mahalia Murphy will debut for Australia in their Women’s Rugby World Cup opener against hosts Ireland.

    Wallaroos coach Paul Verrell has pinned plenty of faith in West Australian Pomare, selecting her in the key playmaking role for the Dublin clash on Wednesday (Thursday AEST).

    She and Sevens speedster Murphy were the only two uncapped players chosen in the World Cup squad and both have been thrust straight into the action in a team to be captained by Sevens Olympic gold medallist Shannon Parry.

    “We’ve put together our strongest team to take on the tournament hosts,” said Verrell.

    “Our lead up to the 2017 tournament has been the best yet, with state-based training and the Four Nations tournament (in New Zealand) providing us with a great platform to build from.

    “Facing Ireland first up will be a challenge, but it will also provide our girls the chance to set the tone of the tournament.”

    Wallaroos team to play Ireland:
    Samantha Treherne, Nareta Marsters, Kayla Sauvao, Sharni Williams, Mahalia Murphy, Trilleen Pomare, Katrina Barker, Grace Hamilton, Shannon Parry (capt), Mollie Gray, Millie Boyle, Chloe Butler, Hilisha Samoa, Cheyenne Campbell, Liz Patu. Res: Emily Robinson, Violeta Tupuola, Hana Ngaha, Rebecca Clough, Alisha Hewett, Fenella Hake, Sarah Riordan, Ashleigh Hewson.

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    The Crowd Says (16)

    • Roar Guru

      August 9th 2017 @ 10:38am
      DaniE said | August 9th 2017 @ 10:38am | ! Report

      Go Wallaroos. Will be cheering them on.

      • Roar Guru

        August 9th 2017 @ 4:20pm
        Machooka said | August 9th 2017 @ 4:20pm | ! Report

        Too right Dani… massive game against the Irish first up in front of their faithful. What an occasion!?!

        C’arn da Wallaroo… and do yourself proud!

        • Roar Guru

          August 9th 2017 @ 8:50pm
          DaniE said | August 9th 2017 @ 8:50pm | ! Report

          Going to wake up at crazy-o-clock to support them Chook. As you say – it’s an occasion!!!

          • Roar Guru

            August 9th 2017 @ 9:18pm
            Machooka said | August 9th 2017 @ 9:18pm | ! Report

            You doing the ‘live blog’?? 🙂

            • Roar Guru

              August 9th 2017 @ 9:53pm
              DaniE said | August 9th 2017 @ 9:53pm | ! Report

              I’ll be too bleary-eyed to do the blog justice!

    • August 9th 2017 @ 12:32pm
      Rugby Floss said | August 9th 2017 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

      Congratulations and all the best Trilleen!! What a stage to debut upon.

      Go the Wallaroos!

    • August 9th 2017 @ 4:31pm
      Digs said | August 9th 2017 @ 4:31pm | ! Report

      Can this be watched online?

      Go the Wallaroos!

    • August 9th 2017 @ 5:58pm
      republican said | August 9th 2017 @ 5:58pm | ! Report

      ……ho hum, another win to NZ…………

      • August 9th 2017 @ 8:53pm
        Rugby Floss said | August 9th 2017 @ 8:53pm | ! Report

        Yes perhaps. But also another win to my young daughter who will watch these games and be inspired by these women.

      • Roar Guru

        August 9th 2017 @ 8:54pm
        DaniE said | August 9th 2017 @ 8:54pm | ! Report

        For the tournament? Not necessarily… England’s Red Roses are the favourite. The Home Unions benefit from a heap more competition – but who knows with Portia Woodman in the Black Ferns side.

    • Roar Guru

      August 9th 2017 @ 10:00pm
      DaniE said | August 9th 2017 @ 10:00pm | ! Report

      Currently watching a replay of the 2014 final – Australia representing with Amy Perrett as referee

    • August 9th 2017 @ 10:46pm
      Andrew Sua said | August 9th 2017 @ 10:46pm | ! Report

      Cmon girls, wish you all the best, Beat the Irish..

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