Harvey Norman Jillaroos coach, Brad Donald today named the squad to face New Zealand on Saturday 13 October in Auckland.
Twelve players faced the Kiwis in their last match up, when Australia triumphed in the Rugby League World Cup Final, whilst six players have been named as debutants, including Dally M Female Player of the Year nominee, Jess Sergis.
Dragons captain Sam Bremner has been named national captain, with experienced players including Steph Hancock, Kezie Apps and Simaima Taufa adding plenty of depth to the side.
“This has been a landmark year for women’s rugby league and it’s fitting that we finish our year with a Test Match against New Zealand,” Jillaroos Coach Brad Donald said.
“The memories of the World Cup are still fresh in everyone’s minds and following the success of the Women’s Premiership, it’s great to be able to bring the best of the best together as a national squad.
“Taking on the Kiwis on their home turf is a huge occasion for our team and the squad is looking forward to the challenge of playing in front of what will no doubt be a big crowd.”
The squad, listed alphabetically, is as follows:
Player NRL Club
Kezie Apps St George Illawarra Dragons
Chelsea Baker Brisbane Broncos
Heather Ballinger Brisbane Broncos
Annette Brander St George Illawarra Dragons
Brittany Breayley Brisbane Broncos
Samantha Bremner (Captain) St George Illawarra Dragons
Ali Brigginshaw Brisbane Broncos
Keeley Davis St George Illawarra Dragons
Tazmin Gray Sydney Roosters
Steph Hancock Brisbane Broncos
Isabelle Kelly Sydney Roosters
Julia Robinson Brisbane Broncos
Jess Sergis St George Illawarra Dragons
Hannah Southwell St George Illawarra Dragons
Simaima Taufa Sydney Roosters
Zahara Temara Sydney Roosters
Eliana Walton Sydney Roosters
Holli Wheeler St George Illawarra Dragons
The Jillaroos will play alongside the Kangaroos and Junior Kangaroos, in a triple-header against Kiwi teams at Mount Smart Stadium.