Grace Hamilton to captain Wallaroos for Japan Series

by SUFC | June 20, 2019
Grace Hamilton to captain Wallaroos for Japan Series

New South Wales backrower Grace Hamilton has been named captain for the Buildcorp Wallaroos ahead of their historic two Test Series against Japan next month.

Originally from Orange in country New South Wales, Hamilton already has 11 Test after making her debut against New Zealand in 2016. 

Buildcorp Wallaroos coach Dwayne Nestor has trimmed the squad to 29 players, with just 22 days until the first Test in Newcastle at No.2 Sportsground on Saturday 13 July. 

The squad is dominated by players that competed in the thrilling Buildcorp Super W Final including nine players from the champion winning NSW Waratahs Women's squad and 12 players from runners-up Queensland Women’s.  


11 uncapped players are in line to make their debuts this July, including the exciting Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea, Sera Naiqama and South Australian, Eva Karpani who represented NSW Waratahs Women in the 2019 season of Buildcorp Super W.  

Australia has four Tests in 2019 including a two Test Series against New Zealand at Optus Stadium in Perth and Eden Park in Auckland in August. 

Fans will also be able to purchase Buildcorp Wallaroos merchandise to cheer on the team, through wallabyshop.com.au or at the match venues.  

Buildcorp Wallaroos Head Coach, Dwayne Nestor said: “I’d like to congratulate every player on being selected in the squad for what is going to be a massive series against Japan this July. 

“There were some really difficult selections to be made, but that is a testament to the work ethic of the extended squad and the real depth we are growing following on from the second season of Buildcorp Super W. 

“Grace (Hamilton) is going to make a fantastic Captain in 2019, she’s passionate about this team, passionate about Rugby, has a strong drive to win and to set high standards. 

“Humble and hardworking she embodies what we want this to team to be about and I know she will be supported by a strong leadership team. 

“The hard work is only just beginning, as we have a massive opportunity this year with the Tests scheduled and I know the squad is looking forward to getting into camp in Newcastle on July 6.”  

The Buildcorp Wallaroos meet Japan in Newcastle on Saturday 13 July and at North Sydney Oval on Friday 19 July with both matches to be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and Kayo.  

Forwards
Millie Boyle, Royals (Canberra), Queensland Women's XV
Emily Chancellor, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women 
Rebecca Clough, Cottesloe, Rugby WA Women  
Grace Hamilton, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women 
Alisha Hewett, GPS/ADFRU, Queensland Women's XV 
Evelyn Horomia, Western Sydney, NSW Waratahs Women
Asoiva (Eva) Karpani*, Randwick, NSW Waratahs Women
Michaela Leonard*, Vikings, Brumbies Women 
Kiri Lingman, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV 
Ashley Marsters, Box Hill, Melbourne Rebels Women 
Shannon Mato*, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV 
Averyl Mitchell*, Souths, Queensland Women's XV 
Sera Naiqama*, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women  
Liz Patu, Wests, Queensland Women's XV
Emily Robinson, Warringah, NSW Waratahs Women 
Christina Sekona*, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV 

Backs 
Mhicca Carter, Cottesloe, Rugby WA Women 
Georgia Cormick*, Powerhouse, Melbourne Rebels Women 
Lori Cramer*, University of Queensland, Queensland Women's XV 
Ariana Hira-Herangi*, Kalamunda, Rugby WA Women 
Chloe Leaupepe, Warringah, NSW Waratahs Women 
Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea*, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV
Cobie-Jane Morgan, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV 
Arabella McKenzie*, Randwick, NSW Waratahs Women  
Mahalia Murphy, Campbelltown, NSW Waratahs Women 
Asako Ono*, University of Queensland, Queensland Women's XV 
Trilleen Pomare, Kalamunda, Rugby WA Women 
Sarah Riordan, Wests/ADFRU, Queensland Women's XV 
Samantha Treherne, Sunnybank, Queensland Women's XV
*Denotes Uncapped 

Buildcorp Wallaroos 2019 Fixtures 
Saturday 13 July

Australia v Japan, Newcastle Sportsground Number 2, Newcastle  
Friday 19 July
Australia v Japan, North Sydney Oval, Sydney  
Saturday 10 August  
Australia v New Zealand, Optus Stadium, Perth 
Saturday 17 August 
Australia v New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland