2021 Rebels Super W Squad Announcement

· Super W
by Rebels Media

Melbourne Rebels’ Super W Head Coach, Alana Thomas, has today confirmed her 34-woman squad for the upcoming Super W season which is set to kick off later this month.

This year’s squad welcomes back 11 players from last year’s campaign, including Wallaroos’ squad members, Georgia Cormick and Tiarah Minns, 2020 Co-Captain’s Mel Kawa and Meretiana Robinson, the experienced Ashley Marsters, and reigning Super W Player of the Year, Janita Kareta.

Joining them will be starting hooker, Eirenei Nanai, lock, Nawel Remini, Casey Crusaders’ Piper Taufao, and Nothern Panthers’ pair, Norma Fuaiva’a and Jessica Campbell.

Melbourne will compliment this experience by injecting an exciting batch of youth and flair, with 23 new players included in the squad, in what is the Rebels’ fourth season of Super W competition.

With many of the new faces home-grown and shining in the Lindroth Cup, Thomas says it’s an exciting time both for women’s rugby both at the Rebels and also in the wider Victorian community.

“There are a number of new faces this year which is always exciting,” said Thomas.

“Willow Rowland is a new face to Super W. but a player that has been a strong performer at club rugby for a number of years now, she’s going to add some real sting both in attack and defence this year.

“Nuala O’Connor is a player that has been very impressive in training and is a great Irish worker. She is always pushing herself to be the better but always encouraging those around her. I’m excited to see her playing with more experienced players around her.

“Seeing most of them playing in the Lindroth Cup in 2021 just shows the tremendous growth in our local club rugby scene.”

After coming together in April, Thomas believes an early emphasis on personal connection will pay dividends when the season officially kicks off against the Brumbies at Seifferrt Oval (NSW) on June 19.

“Our focus has been on building on last season and continuing to focus on our culture.

“We had a great night (Rebels Super W Culture Night) celebrating and sharing the many cultures we have in our team, and it was great to get to know a little more about each player and their background.

“In terms of rugby, we have had a few new faces in the staff, so with that comes new technical and tactical views, so we’ve spent more time bedding the basics over the past 9 weeks of preparation.”

The Rebels’ third season of Super W competition brought about a rollercoaster of emotions, with Thomas’s side clinching a thrilling maiden win in the final game of the season, before having Victoria’s premier women’s club rugby competition cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic which rocked the city of Melbourne. 

Though undeniably challenging, Thomas believes these experiences have ultimately strengthened her player’s resolve, making this season’s squad hungrier and even more determined to achieve Australian rugby’s ultimate success in 2021.

“Getting our first win was a great highlight for 2020, and there was some great momentum off the back of that with the players keen to get stuck into club rugby, however that was not meant to be.”

“But the energy has been great since coming back into the program this year, with a number of new faces putting themselves forward to trial which is fantastic.

“I believe the events of the last 12 months has led to players wanting to get out and play rugby more than ever before, so I’m excited to see it all come together at training and really looking forward to getting the competition started.”

The Rebels 2021 Super W campaign gets underway against the Brumbies on June 19, before the side travels to Coffs Harbour to face the Reds on June 27, and the Western Force on June 30, with finals then taking place on Saturday, July 3. 

All games will be broadcast live and on demand on Stan Sport.

Forwards: 

Ashley Marsters

Harlequins/Hunter Wildfires

Celeste Utumapu

Northern Panthers

Eirenei Nanai

Northern Panthers

Emily Harvey

Melbourne University

Janita Kareta

Power House/Hunter Wildfires

Maryann Utai

Hunter Wildfires

May Elder

Power House

Melanie Kawa

Melbourne University

Michaela Maunsell

Northern Panthers

Nawel Remini

Power House

Norma Fuaiva’a

Northern Panthers

Nuala OConnor

Melbourne Unicorns

Tiarah Minns

Melbourne University/Sydney Uni

Utumalefata Eli

Casey Crusaders

Willow Rowland

Northern Panthers


Backs:

Allyssa Lolesio-Pua

Melbourne University

Amy Williams

Melbourne University

Annie Buntine

Melbourne University

Georgia Cormick

Power House

Jade Te Aute

Power House

Jemma Collins

Melbourne Unicorns

Jessica Campbell

Northern Panthers

Katie Budgen

Melbourne Unicorns

Kelera Ratu

Melbourne University

Kirsty Matapa

Power House

Rosalia Leumuava

Northern Panthers

Sarah Hogan

Melbourne University


Shadow Players:

Anome Maufafa

Power House

Elizabeth Lupeamanu

Casey Crusaders

Kafa Tilialo

Western Districts

Lucy O’Sullivan

Power House

Piper Taufao

Casey Crusaders

Caoilfhionn Culliton

Melbourne Unicorns

Meretiana Robinson

Power House


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