Rugby: Two Palmyra players selected for Wallaroos tour of NZ

Rugby: Two Palmyra players selected for Wallaroos tour of NZ

TWO Palmyra Rugby Club players have been selected in the 26-women Wallaroos squad for its upcoming tour of New Zealand.

Experienced winger Madeline Putz will be joined by potential debutant flank Venisia Taufa, one of 13 uncapped players in the squad.

The tour will include a historic double header against the Black Ferns before the third Bledisloe Cup Test between the Wallabies and All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday, October 22.

Half the squad is uncapped at Test level, with head coach Paull Verrell looking to build towards the Rugby World Cup in Ireland next year.

Verrell has also chosen seven players with Australian Women’s Sevens squad experience, as the side looks to register its first win in New Zealand.

“We’re building up a strong squad for the World Cup next year, and this tour will allow us to introduce many talented players to international rugby,” he said.

“There are some players with Sevens experience in this squad and they’ve come from the professional culture our Sevens department has created.

“We have balanced that with a strong forward pack following on from the National Women’s XVs Championship which had the highest standard I have seen to date.

“Playing New Zealand will be an enormous challenge, however we are looking forward to the opportunity particularly with the historic Test at Eden Park.”

The Wallaroos will assemble at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Sydney on October 15 for a training camp before their first match against Auckland on October 18.

Wallaroos Fixtures:

Tuesday, October 18: Wallaroos v Auckland Storm, Bell Park, Pakuranga

Saturday, October 22: Wallaroos v Black Ferns, Eden Park

Wednesday, October 26: Wallaroos v Black Ferns, North Harbour Stadium

For the full squad, visit RubgyWA: http://www.rugbywa.com.au/article/three-western-australians-named-buildcorp-wallaroos-squad