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Nine new Wallaroos for Pacific Four rugby

Nine debutantes have been included in the Wallaroos 32-player travelling squad for next month’s Pacific Four Series against New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

Australia coach Jay Tregonning on Thursday named the large squad, with Brumbies No.8 Grace Kemp among those catching his eye while playing for the Australian Barbarians against Japan last month.

Continuing their build up to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in October, the Wallaroos are still working to nail down combinations.

“We learnt a lot from our first two Test matches of the year and I know the side will strive for more consistency against three challenging opponents in the Pacific Four Series,” Tregonning said

“It’s great we have such a quick turnaround between Test matches this year to support our preparation for the Rugby World Cup.

“To play against three of the top teams in the world is an exciting experience and is certainly a prospect this group has been itching for.

“It will also be invaluable for us to play in two of the Rugby World Cup venues ahead of the tournament later this year.”

The Waratahs, who lost the Super W final to Fijiana, have the heaviest representation with 15 players while there are nine from the Reds, five Brumbies, two from the Western Force and a Melbourne player.

Their first Test is against the Black Ferns in Tauranga on Monday June 6 before taking on the USA six days later in Auckland and Canada on June 18 in Whangarei.

WALLAROOS SQUAD

Iliseva Batibasaga, Emily Chancellor, Bree-Anna Cheatham, Annabelle Codey, Lori Cramer, Piper Duck, Georgina Friedrichs, Grace Hamilton, Tamika Jones, Asoiva (Eva) Karpani, Grace Kemp, Kaitlan Leaney, Michaela Leonard, Ashley Marsters, Lillyann Mason-Spice, Jemima McCalman, Arabella McKenzie, Tiarna Molloy, Layne Morgan, Mahalia Murphy, Sera Naiqama, Bridie O’Gorman, Siokapesi Palu, Shannon Parry, Liz Patu, Pauline Piliae- Rasabale, Trilleen Pomare, Madison Schuck, Cecilia Smith, Adiana Talakai, Melanie Wilks, Ivania Wong.

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