Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies announce team for NSW Waratahs trial

Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 4:41 AM
B
by Brumbies.rugby

The Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies Super Rugby Women’s Head Coach Scott Fava has announced his team that will take on the NSW Waratahs at Campbelltown Harlequins Rugby Club on Saturday. 

Serving as the squads second trial match, Fava has made several key inclusions as five changes have been made to the starting XV, since the first trial against Hong Kong China Rugby.

Wallaroos representative Tabua Tuinakauvadra will get the honour of leading out the team as captain in her second hit out of the year, as she lines up in the number 6 jersey. 

The Brumbies welcome  2023 squad members  Erika Maslen, Jess Grant, and Biola Dawa into the starting side. 

Following her start on the Wing in the first trial, utility player Chioma Enyi moves to Flanker to partner the skipper in Tuinakauvadra. 

Coach Fava says he is excited for another opportunity to see how the team is progressing, as players will be competing for positions before the round 1 fixture against the Waratahs in Sydney. 

The Brumbies have added plenty of depth to the squad in 2024, giving Fava a selection headache which the second year Head Coach claims will come in handy through the season.  

“Everyone is going to be working hard to make sure they play the best they can, because I guess it’s a blank canvas. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned Wallaroo or not, you need to be playing well to get selected,” said Fava.

 Starting XV:

  1. Sally Feusaina, Western Sydney Two Blues
  2. Erika Maslen, Tuggeranong Vikings
  3. Iris Verebalavu, Uni-Norths Owls
  4. Jess Grant, Uni-Norths Owls
  5. Ash Fernandez, Canberra Royals 
  6. Tabua Tuinakauvadra, Tuggeranong Vikings
  7. Chioma Enyi, Wests Lions 
  8. Lydia Kavoa, Uni-Norths Owls
  9. Jay Huriwai, Queanbeyan Whites
  10. Faitala Moleka, Sydney Uni
  11. Joanne Butler, PNG
  12. Kayla Sauvao, Campbelltown Harlequins 
  13. Harmony Ioane, Queanbeyan Whites
  14. Biola Dawa, Canberra Royals
  15. Ashlea Bishop, Canberra Royals

Finishers Allana Sikimeti, Tuggeranong Vikings, Madeleine Gogala, Uni-Norths Owls, Hannah Stewart, Hunter Wildfires, Jaimie Studdy, Manly Mermaids, Kate Holland, Hunter Wildfires, Bonnie Brewer, Canberra Royals, Kyah Little, Hunter Wildfires, Anastasia Martin, Canberra Royals, Jemima McCalman, Sydney Uni, Kolora Lomani, TBA, Becka Marsters, Queanbeyan Whites

Share
Pesi Palu hits the ball up for the Brumbies.
Super Rugby Womens Match Highlights: Round 5 v Western Force
Harmony Ioane during her Round 5 clash against the Force.
Brumbies fall short against the Force at Viking Park
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: Jemima McCalman of the Brumbies in action during the round two Super Rugby Women's match between ACT Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels at GIO Stadium on March 22, 2024 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
Game Day Guide: Brumbies Women v Western Force
Wallaby Watch: Analysing the front-row options for Joe Schmidt's opening Test against Wales