Rebels Super W Round 1 Team Announcement

· Super W
by Rebels Media

Melbourne Rebels’ Super W Head Coach, Alana Thomas, has selected her first Match Day 23 for the 2021 season.

The Rebels Super W side travels to Canberra for their opening clash of the new Buildcorp Super W season, facing the Brumbies at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan.

Melbourne will enter its fourth season of Super W action full of confidence, following a memorable finish to their 2020 campaign and a strong recent pre-season, despite having to navigate the challenges of Victoria’s fourth lockdown.

Thomas says the recent adversity has only made her side even hungrier for the upcoming season, and that despite naming several players yet to taste Super W experience, she believes the sky is the limit for her new-look side.

"I’m really excited especially after our last training run on Wednesday,” said Thomas.

“We were really happy with how that went and all the players have been working so hard on the field, so it’s great to see it all coming together before Round 1.

“Our focus this pre-season has been focused on us and how we want to play the game.

“A number of players are new to the Super W, however they have been playing rugby for a number of years here in Melbourne, so I am excited to see them out on the field on Saturday.”

Melbourne kicks off its new campaign boasting an experienced front row, headlined by reigning Super W Player of the Year, Janita Kareta, dual Wallaroos’ World Cup representative, Ashley Marsters, and Northern Panthers’ star, Eirenei Nanai.

Nuala O’ Connor, looks set to make her Super W debut after being named alongside the Nawel Remini in the second row.

Hailing from Ireland, O’Connor has been one the Rebels most impressive performers during pre-season and looks set to make an immediate impact on Saturday.

O’Connor is one of nine potential debutants named in the Rebels’ Starting XV, with Michaela Maunsell and Willow Rowland joining Melanie Kawa in the back row, while Allysaa Lolesio-Pua receives the opportunity to partner with Jessica Campbell in the halves.

Jade Te Aute and Annie Buntine will combine at inside and outside centre, while the dynamic Kelera Ratu and Amy Williams round out the back three alongside fullback, Sarah Hogan.

Wallaroos’ squad member, Tiarah Minns, has been named to provide back row support alongside the experienced Norma Fuaiva’a, while Emily Harvey, Celeste Utumapu, Maryann Utai, Kirsty Matapa, Jemma Collins and Rosalia Leumuava, all look set to make their Super W debuts, named as replacements, completing the Rebels Super W Match Day 23.

Touching on her side’s Round 1 selections, Thomas believes the recent women’s club competitions across NSW and Victoria will provide valuable momentum for her side heading into Saturday’s opening Super W clash.

“We’ve selected Ashley Marsters and Janita Kareta to the team in the front row after playing up in the NSW Jack Scott Cup."

“Our backline is laden with talent – we’ve named several girls who have had the benefit of playing some high-level rugby over 2021 in AON 7’s, such as Sarah Hogan, Annie Buntine and Amy Williams.

“We have a team that has amazing talent and we have planned our game plan around this and can’t wait to get started.”

The Melbourne Rebels Super W side clash with the TAB Brumbies at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan. The Round 1 match kicks off at 3 PM (AEST) and can be seen ad-free, live and on demand on Stan Sports.

 

No.

Position

name

NOTES

1

LOOSEHEAD PROP

Janita Kareta (FR)

 

2

HOOKER

Ashley Marsters (FR)

 

3

TIGHTHEAD PROP

Eirenei Nanai (FR)

 

4

LEFT LOCK

Nuala O’Connor

 

5

RIGHT LOCK

Nawel Remini

 

6

LEFT FLANKER

Michaela Maunsell

 

7

RIGHT FLANKER

Melanie Kawa ©

 

8

NUMBER EIGHT

Willow Rowland

 

9

SCRUMHALF

Jessica Campbell

 

10

FLYHALF

Allysaa Lolesio-Pua

 

11

LEFT WING

Kelera Ratu

 

12

INSIDE CENTRE

Jade Te Aute

 

13

OUTSIDE CENTRE

Annie Buntine

 

14

RIGHT WING

Amy Williams

 

15

FULLBACK

Sarah Hogan

 

Replacements:

 

 

In order from Hooker to Full Back - Please see notes 2/3

 

16.

RESERVE

Emily Harvey

FR

17.

RESERVE

Celeste Utumapu

FR

18.

RESERVE

Maryann Utai

FR

19.

RESERVE

Tiarah Minns

 

20.

RESERVE

Norma Fuaiva’a

 

21.

RESERVE

Kirsty Matapa

 

22.

RESERVE

Jemma Collins

 

23.

RESERVE

Rosalia Leumuava

 

 

 

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