Melbourne Rebels Super W Captain Ash Marsters has been named to the Buildcorp Wallaroos team to take on Fijiana this Saturday at Allianz Stadium.
The 29-year-old will see a shift from her hooker role with the Rebels, as she moves to the back row for the national side, being named at blindside flanker.
Melbourne Rebels GM of Rugby, Nick Stiles, said the announcement was a testament to Marsters’ performance this season.
“It’s fantastic to see Ash being named for the Wallaroos once again,” Stiles said.
“She is such a central figure of our Super W program, and after being elevated into the Captaincy role by Jason Rogers in 2023, she led by example out on the field with her courageous style of play.
“To see Ash come through the Victorian Rugby pathway and now be a regular member of the Wallaroos is a true testament to the hard work of many fantastic people in Victoria but most importantly Ash is a role model for the next generation of aspirational young Victorian players.”
Wallaroos Head Coach Jay Tregonning has been pleased by what he’s seen ahead of the team’s first test of 2023.
“The coaching staff and I have been impressed by the standard set at our first camp of the year,” said Tregonning.
“There was fierce competition for each spot, and the girls worked hard to earn their places in the starting XV.
“There’s a good mix of emerging and established talent in the team, and I’m looking forward to Saturday’s contest.”
The Buildcorp Wallaroos v Fijiana Test match kicks off at 5:00pm AEST this Saturday, 20 May, at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
The match will be broadcast on 9GEM and shown live, ad-free and on-demand on Stan Sport.
Wallaroos team to play Fiji at Allianz Stadium, Sydney, on Saturday 20 May, 5:00pm AEST
1. Bree-Anna Cheatham – Queensland Reds
2. Adiana Talakai – New South Wales Waratahs
3. Eva Karpani – New South Wales Waratahs
4. Michaela Leonard – Western Force
5. Annabelle Codey – Queensland Reds
6. Ashley Marsters – Melbourne Rebels
7. Shannon Parry (C) – Queensland Reds
8. Grace Hamilton – New South Wales Waratahs
9. Layne Morgan – New South Wales Waratahs
10. Carys Dallinger – Queensland Reds *
11. Ivania Wong – Queensland Reds
12. Cecilia Smith – Queensland Reds
13. Georgina Friedrichs – New South Wales Waratahs
14. Maya Stewart – New South Wales Waratahs
15. Faitala Moleka – ACT Brumbies *
16. Tania Naden – ACT Brumbies
17. Emily Robinson – New South Wales Waratahs
18. Bridie O’Gorman – New South Wales Waratahs
19. Sera Naiqama – New South Wales Waratahs
20. Tabua Tuinakauvadra – ACT Brumbies *
21. Jasmin Huriwai – ACT Brumbies *
22. Siokapesi Palu – ACT Brumbies
23. Alana Elisaia – Queensland Reds
*Denotes uncapped player