Looking to improve off last year’s fourth place finish the RugbyWA Women have unveiled a fresh new squad ahead of the 2020 Super W season.
Just over half the squad will be new to the black and gold jersey which they will don in their first match against the Brumbies on February 15.
Among the players returning from the 2019 season will be Wallaroos Rebecca Clough, Ariana Hira-Herangi and Trileen Pomare.
Head Coach Sebastian Delport was excited with the outlook of the new side and is eager to see them take the field after five months of preparation.
“We are looking forward to seeing our debutants take the field against the Brumbies in round one, they have worked incredibly hard during our pre-season, and have earned their jerseys,” he said.
“The squad are in good shape after a longer 2019/20 pre-season, they have shown great character and cohesion during our preparations for Super W 2020.”
“We as a coaching staff hope they enjoy the experience of representing WA women's rugby on a national stage and are excited to see them take the field and strive together to deliver an 80-minute performance.
While the team has its sights set on this year’s Super W title, developing young talent has also been a core focus among the group looking to bring through young talent off the back of some successful performances from RugbyWA’s youth sides in previous years.
“The 2020 squad is much younger than the previous two squads, we have several players looking to make their Super W debuts this season, and we are seeing a changing of the guard in this year’s team, Delport said.”
“Fans should expect to see a fit, talented squad who are determined to represent WA with pride and express themselves at the top level.”
Returning for her second year in the competition front-rower Ashlee Temple will captain taking it upon herself to uphold the pride of representing Western Australia.
“Ash has been a key part of our leadership group this year, her performance and relational character skills are first class.”
“Along with the rest of the leaders in the team, she has helped the players take ownership of our day to day standards as we strive for continuous improvement on and off the field.”
The RugbyWA Women will fly to Canberra for round one of the Super W competition where they will take on the Brumbies Women at GIO stadium on February 15 kicking off at 1:35pm AWST.
2020 RugbyWA Women Squad
Frieda Ah Sam - Wanneroo
Sera Ah-Sam - Wanneroo
Maddi Ashton - Wanneroo
Chrystal Asiata - Cottesloe
Katie Barnes - Cottesloe
Neesha Barrett - Kalamunda
Rebecca Clough - Cottesloe
Hineana Dando - Kalamunda
Taylah Eastwood - Cottesloe
Yolanda Forsyth - Cottesloe
Taylavie Frost Kelemete - Cottesloe
Cara Gleave - Cottesloe
Maraea Green – Wanneroo*
Taj Heald - Souths (SA)
Ariana Hira-Herangi - Kalamunda
Tamika Jones - Wests Scarborough*
Charlotte Kennington - Sunnybank (QLD)
Nicole Leddington - Wests Scarborough*
Claudia Nielse - Cottesloe
Moana Paul - Wanneroo
Trilleen Pomare - Kalamunda
Paihau Pomare - Kalamunda
Emysen Robinson - Wanneroo
Langley Sesega - Cottesloe
Ashlee Temple – Kalamunda (C)
Dallys Tini - Kalamunda
Crystal Walters - Kalamunda
Darryl Wickliffe - Wanneroo
Aiysha Wigley – Wanneroo
*Denotes Training Squad Only