Sharks named for Women’s 9’s and All Stars
Sharks Allana Ferguson, Ruan Sims and Maddie Studdon will represent the Jillaroos at the Auckland Nines in February, while Corban McGregor joins the trio in the Women’s All Stars match a week later in Newcastle.
The four women, all members of the Sharks Women’s squad for the 2017 season, are set to play leading roles in the two matches showcasing the very best female rugby league talent.
The Harvey Norman Jillaroos take on the Kiwi Silver Ferns at the Downer Auckland Nines on February 4-5, with Jillaroos Coach Brad Donald naming a 16-strong squad.
“The Kiwis beat us at the Nines last year and the entire squad has been training hard to ensure that we are prepared to turn the result around in 2017,” Donald said.
“This is a big year for the Jillaroos, with a Test Match and the defence of the Rugby League World Cup.
“Our journey starts on February 4 in Auckland and the team is looking forward to the challenge.”
Women’s All Stars coach and current head coach of the Kawana Dolphins, Rob Brough named his team to take on the Indigenous Women’s team in Newcastle on February 10, with six debutants and the three Sharks girls included.
“We’ve picked a squad with a combination of strength and experience, along with some of the next generation of female stars,” Brough said.
“It’s fantastic to have such depth amongst women’s rugby league and the team is building nicely ahead of their All Stars title defence against the Indigenous Women’s team.
The Women’s All Stars tackle an Indigenous Women’s All Stars team to be coached by former NRL player Dean Widders.
Tickets for the Nines and All Stars are on sale at www.nrl.com/tickets and fans are encouraged to check the following websites for all the details on both tournaments.
Downer Auckland Nines (February 4 and 5, Auckland): www.nrlaucklandnines.com
Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars (February 10, Newcastle): www.nrl.com/allstars
Harvey Norman Jillaroos
1. Kezie Apps (NSW)
2. Chelsea Baker (QLD)
3. Annette Brander (QLD)
4. Brittany Breayley (QLD)
5. Sam Bremner (NSW)
6. Ali Brigginshaw (QLD)
7. Karina Brown (QLD)
8. Allana Ferguson (NSW - Sharks)
9. Kody House (QLD)
10. Amelia Kuk – debut (QLD)
11. Renae Kunst (QLD)
12. Corban McGregor (NSW - Sharks)
13. Caitlin Moran (NSW)
14. Ruan Sims (NSW - Sharks)
15. Maddie Studdon (NSW - Sharks)
16. Simaima Taufa (NSW)
Coach: Brad Donald
Indigenous Women’s All Stars
1. Kelsey Parkin (QLD)
2. Suvannah Connors – debut (QLD)
3. Nakia Davis-Welsh (NSW)
4. Bo de la Cruz (QLD)
5. Sarah Field – debut (QLD)
6. Tahlia Hunter – debut (NSW)
7. Kandy Kennedy (NSW)
8. Samartha Leisha – debut (QLD)
9. Briony Livingstone – debut (NSW)
10. Stephanie Mooka – debut (QLD)
11. Caitlin Moran (NSW)
12. Lauren Motlop (NT)
13. Molly O’Connell (QLD)
14. Lavina Phillips (NSW)
15. Amber Pilley (QLD)
16. Rebecca Riley (NSW)
17. Simone Smith (NSW)
18. Tallulah Tillett – debut (QLD)
19. Rebecca Young (NSW)
20. Emily Young – debut (QLD)
Coach: Dean Widders
Women’s All Stars
1. Sam Bremner (NSW)
2. Isabelle Kelly – debut (NSW)
3. Amelia Kuk – debut (QLD)
4. TJ Green – debut (SA)
5. Karina Brown (QLD)
6. Ali Brigginshaw (QLD)
7. Maddie Studdon (NSW - Sharks)
8. Steph Hancock (QLD)
9. Brittany Breayley (QLD)
10. Eliana Walton (NSW)
11. Tazmin Gray (QLD)
12. Kezie Apps (NSW)
13. Renae Kunst (QLD)
14. Zehara Temara – debut (QLD)
15. Allana Ferguson (NSW - Sharks)
16. Simone Karpani – debut (SA)
17. Stef Gallagher – debut (QLD)
18. Ruan Sims (NSW - Sharks)
Coach: Rob Brough