April 28, 2022
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Batibasaga, Naiqama in Wallaroos squad

Ex Fijiana and NSW Waratahs halfback Iliseva Batibasaga and Australian-born Fijian Sera Naiqama have been named in the Wallaroos 32-member squad for next month's two test series against Fijiana XVs and Japan.
 
Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning has named the Australian women’s squad with 22 uncapped players as they prepare for their first Test on May 6 against Fijiana at Suncorp Stadium.
 
This will be followed four days later with a clash with Japan, who were defeated 46-3 by the Wallaroos in their previous encounter in 2019.
 
Following the Super W Final, the NSW Waratahs dominate the squad with 15 players, as the likes of Naiqama and Georgina Friedrichs push for their first cap.
 
Naiqama was dropped from the 2019 and 2020 squad due to a knee injury but she made a strong comeback for the Waratahs this Super W Season.
 
Batibagaga continues to impress coach Tregonning after giving a brilliant performance for the Queensland Reds although the side missed their final hope after losing to the Waratahs.
 
Sevens star Shannon Parry is amongst the experienced figures in the squad, with Parry looking for her first appearance since 2017.
 
Wallaroos May Squad: Iliseva Batibagaga, Emily Chancellor, Annabelle Codey, Lori Cramer, Piper Duck, Georgina Friedrichs, Grace Hamilton, Tamika Jones, Asovia (Eva) Kapani, Janita Kareta, Grace Kemp, Kaitlan Leaney, Michaela Leonard, Ashley Marsters, Lilyann Mason-Spice, Jemima McCalman, Arabella McKenzie, Tiarna Molloy, Layne Morgan, Mahalia Murphy, Sera Naiqama, Bridie O'Gorman, Siokapesi Palu, Shannon Parry, Liz Patu, Pauline Piliae, Trilleen Pomare, Madison Schuck, Cecilia Smith, Adiana Talakai, Melanie Wilks, Ivania Wong
 
By Romeka Romena  


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