August 05, 2022
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Wallaroo Batibasaga in for O'Reilly Cup

Veteran halfback Ilisevani Cava has been named in Australia’s 32-member squad to take on the Black Ferns in this month’s O’Reilly Cup.

The 20-time-capped Wallaroo will be one of the senior-capped players in a new-look side.

Coach Jay Tregonning said the team was ready to find their form after the Pacific Four Series.

“We’ve learnt a lot from our last tour to New Zealand for the PAC 4 Series and we feel we’ve adjusted this squad accordingly to help us find success in the O'Reilly Cup," Tregonning said in a statement.

Maya Stewart and Australia 7s player Bienne Terita are among the latest new inclusions to the side.

“We are excited to see what Bienne (Terita) can bring to the side, she has been extremely impressive for the Aussie 7s and her speed and ability is a key addition to our already strong set of outside backs."

“The team is looking forward to more game time in the O’Reilly Cup to further develop our combinations and chemistry both away in Christchurch, and at home in Adelaide for the first time as part of a huge double-header with the Wallabies."

The Black Ferns will host the Wallaroos in their opening match on August 20 at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch at 7.05pm.

Iliseva Batibasaga, Emily Chancellor, Bree-Anna Cheatham, Lori Cramer, Piper Duck, Georgina Friedrichs, Grace Hamilton, Eva Karpani, Grace Kemp, Atasi Lafai, Kaitlan Leaney, Michaela Leonard, Ashley Marsters, Arabella McKenzie, Layne Morgan, Mahalia Murphy, Tania Naden, Sera Naiqama, Bridie O'Gorman, Siokapesi Palu, Shannon Parry, Liz Patu, Pauline Piliae-Rasabale, Trilleen Pomare, Emily Robinson, Madison Schuck, Cecilia Smith, Maya Stewart, Adiana Talakai, Bienne Terita, Melanie Wilks, Ivania Wong

By Noa Biudole


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