Super Rugby


5/11/2017

Queensland Women prepared and ready for National Women's XV Championships


The Queensland Women’s XV side are hungry to get their National Women’s XV Championship campaign underway tomorrow, as they prepare to face NSW Country in game one. 

“Our preparation has been solid and the vibe in camp is really good,” said head coach Moana Virtue. 

“They trained well throughout the week and now we’re anxious to get the games underway and play.” 

The Queensland squad features many familiar faces from the 2016 group, including Wallaroos stalwart Cheyenne Campbell, as well as other experienced campaigners such as Sunnybank duo Hana Ngaha and Kirby Sefo. 

“We have a lot of the core group from last year, this is a bonus, they have experience,” said Virtue. 

Ahead of the tournament, the Queensland women have had a number of chances to push their case for selection, including playing at Suncorp Stadium as part of the Brisbane Global Tens and the Women’s Super Saturday Showdown event, which saw all four Round 4 Brisbane Premiership Women’s competition games played at the one location and streamed live via www.redsrugby.com.au

“I think having that exposure and being under the spotlight, appearing on TV, has forced the girls to play on the big stage. This has been great for their mental toughness leading into nationals.” 

With a four nations tournament in New Zealand fast approaching in June, and the Women’s World Cup in Ireland later in 2017, the Nationals provides players with the chance to put their case forward for Wallaroos selection. 

Virtue is adamant that the best way for the women to push for a green and gold jersey, is to focus on performing for their state. 

“There are rep honours on offer, but it’s important that the players focus on performing at Nationals,” said Viture. 

“If they can perform well here they can impress selectors. The girls are determined to put their best foot forward for Queensland.” 

Queensland’s first game against NSW Country takes place at 10:30am tomorrow morning at the Runaway Bay Sports Complex on the Gold Coast, and will be LIVE streamed via www.rugby.com.au

“Come down and support us! We want out girls to perform their best and they’ll play some entertaining Rugby,” said Virtue. 

Queensland Women’s XV squad: 

Alysia Lefau - Sunnybank
Ana Afuie - Sunnybank
Asako Ono – University of Queensland
Bo De la cruz N/A
Charlotte Kennington - Sunnybank
Cheyenne Campbell - Redlands
Eseta Fangaloka - Sunnybank
Grace Kaihau – University of Queensland 
Hana Ngaha - Sunnybank
Hilisha Samoa - Brothers
Jasmine Kemp - Helensvale
Kirby Sefo - Sunnybank
Kiri Lingman - Sunnybank
Liz Patu - Wests
Lori Cramer – University of Queensland
Maryanne Fuimaono - Sunnybank
Nareta Marsters - Sunnybank
Nella Hake - Redlands
Saxon Campbell - Redlands
Siniva Ah ki - Wests
Vetekina Aho Fangaloka - Sunnybank
Veteronnica Tafito - Wests
Vuanimasei Rasolea - Wests
Zahara Temara – Helensvale 

Head Coach: Moana Virtue - Sunnybank 
Assistant Coach: Moea Niha - Redlands 
Team Manager: Felicity Bennetts - Wests RUC
Physio: Linda Bennetts
Assistant Physio: Emma McGuire

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