Brumbies captain Shellie Milward has been called into the Buildcorp Wallaroos squad for their upcoming test series against the All-Blacks, kicking off this Saturday 10 August in Perth.
Milward started all five of the Brumbies fixtures in 2019, skippering the side to famous wins against the Rebels and Western Australia.
The dynamic backrow/lock joins fellow forward Michaela Leonard as the two ACT representatives in the Wallarooos group, who are fresh off a series whitewash against Japan.
Buildcorp Wallaroos Head Coach, Dwayne Nestor said: “We have got two great opportunities over the next month against New Zealand and we’re really looking forward to the challenge.
“A double header Test at Optus Stadium is going to make for a great occasion and the squad has really talked about making sure that we rise to that and work hard for each other in the gold jersey.
“As a coaching group we have had some great selection headaches over the last month with every player in the squad putting their hands up for selection in the starting XV.
“That attitude is key for the next three weeks and we’re looking forward to reconvening in Perth and getting back into the hard work.
“Michelle, Alana and Ili each bring something different to this squad and it shows the depth we are continuing to build that you can bring in three top class players into this outfit without missing a beat.”
The Buildcorp Wallaroos will meet the Black Ferns in Perth on Saturday 10 August as a part of a sold-out Bledisloe Cup double-header before heading across to Eden Park on Saturday 17 August with both matches to be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS, Kayo and RUGBY.com.au Radio.
Kiri Lingman was not considered for selection due to a shoulder injury and Cobie-Jane Morgan was unavailable due to personal reasons.
Millie Boyle (vc), Royals (Canberra), Queensland Women’s XV
Emily Chancellor, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women
Rebecca Clough, Cottesloe, RugbyWA Women
Grace Hamilton (c), Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women
Alisha Hewett, GPS/ADFRU, Queensland Women’s XV
Evelyn Horomia, Western Sydney, NSW Waratahs Women
Asoiva (Eva) Karpani, Randwick, NSW Waratahs Women
Michaela Leonard, Vikings, Brumbies Women
Ashley Marsters, Harlequins, Melbourne Rebels Women
Shellie Milward, Vikings, Brumbies Women
Shannon Mato, Sunnybank, Queensland Women’s XV
Averyl Mitchell, Souths, Queensland Women’s XV
Sera Naiqama, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women
Liz Patu, Wests, Queensland Women’s XV
Emily Robinson, Warringah, NSW Waratahs Women
Christina Sekona, Sunnybank, Queensland Women’s XV
Iliseva Batibasaga, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women
Mhicca Carter, Cottesloe, RugbyWA Women
Georgia Cormick, Power House, Melbourne Rebels Women
Lori Cramer, University of Queensland, Queensland Women’s XV
Ariana Hira-Herangi, Kalamunda, RugbyWA Women
Alysia Leafu-Fakaosilea, Sunnybank, Queensland Women’s XV
Arabella McKenzie, Randwick, NSW Waratahs Women
Mahalia Murphy, Campbelltown, NSW Waratahs Women
Trilleen Pomare, Kalamunda, RugbyWA Women
Sarah Riordan, Wests/ADFRU, Queensland Women’s XV
Alana Elisaia*, Sunnybank, Queensland Women’s XV
Samantha Treherne, Sunnybank Queensland Women’s XV
Buildcorp Wallaroos 2019 New Zealand Fixtures
Saturday 10 August
Australia v New Zealand, Optus Stadium, Perth
Saturday 17 August
Australia v New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland