RugbyWA Women back home for Waratahs clash

· Super W
by Rugby WA Media

The RugbyWA Women have made changes to their squad as they come home for their pivotal clash against the NSW Waratahs Women.

After a confident victory against the Melbourne Rebels Women last weekend the RugbyWA Women are prepped for a big match up against the NSW Waratahs taking place this Sunday at Curtin University.

Head Coach Shannon Symon has made a couple of changes to the squad  which has seen young guns Dallys Tini and Zion Taurima step up into the starting XV after two brilliant second half performances from the pair.

Kicker Tui Cope has come back into the squad her absence last week was definitely felt with WA not being able to strike from long distance, she will be a huge boost coming off the bench this Sunday.

Lock Katie Barnes has returned to the squad for the first time this season, the former development officer played in the Super W last year and is eager to hit the ground running in 2019.

The team is looking for an improved performance this week feeling like they left a little on the table from last week's performance in Melbourne.

With a few new inclusions into the squad there will be a lot of players looking to prove their worth this weekend against a undefeated NSW squad.

After last weekend's performance Symon is eager to start the first home game of the season and is comfortable on how his team is tracking at this point in the competition.

"I'm liking how the team is going so far but however consistency is our main focus, we are still far from putting together an 80 minute effort."

"Finally getting a game at home is huge boost for the ladies to be back home, the girls have a strong following here in WA so it will definitely help them lift."

"The team is excited and confident, we know as a team we are a long way off where we want to be but we are constantly building and improving however in these short tournament formats we don't have the luxury of time, results need to come this weekend."

"The Waratahs are quality there's no denying that any team who can go two seasons in this competition undefeated like they have is impressive, we are fully aware of the challenge ahead of us but as I've said in the past we aren't here to make up numbers, we're here to win."

RugbyWA play the Waratahs on Sunday 3.30pm, Curtin University, Perth. LIVE STREAM on and Kayo.



RugbyWA Women's Squad

IN:Ash Temple,Katie Barnes,Tui Cope

OUT: Neesha Barrett, Crystal Walters, Zakaiya Kereopa


1.  Brooke Mason

2. Darryl Wickliffe

3. Terehia Cooper

4. Kateraina Ahipene

5. Rebecca Clough

6. Hera-Barb Malcolm Heke

7. Tara Reed (c)

8. Katherine Outred

9. Zion Taurima

10. Trilleen Pomare

11. Dallys Tini

12. Huia Swannell

13. Ariana Hira-Herangi

14. Claudia Nielsen

15. Mhicca Carter


16. Ash Temple

17. Sera Ah-Sam

18.  Raewyn Tuheke

19. Claudia Foster

20. Taylor Waterson

21. Caitlin Burt-Poloai

22. Katie Barnes

23. Tui Cope


NSW Waratahs Women's Squad

IN: Jemima Henry, Paraeke O'Brien

OUT: Ana-Lise Sio, Fi Jones


1. Emily Robinson

2. Tasmin Sheppard

3. Evelyn Horomia

4. Noella Green

5. Sera Naiqama

6. Alexandra Sulusi (vc)

7. Emily Chancellor

8. Grace Hamilton (vc)

9. Iliseva Batibasaga

10. Chloe Leaupepe

11. Shanice Parker

12. Katrina Barker

13. Crystal Maguire

14. Maya Stewart

15. Ashleigh Hewson (c)


16. Melissa Fatu

17. Loretta Mailangi

18. Asoiva Karpani

19. Jemima Henry

20. Pareake O'Brien

21. Arabella McKenzie

22. Kennedy Cherrington

23. Kirrily Laws