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Patu to make history as Wallaroos name squad for Japan Test

Mon, 09/05/2022, 1:33 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Liz Patu was announced for her record breaking Wallaroos appearance in front of her excited teammates.

Legendary Wallaroos prop Liz Patu is set to make history as Jay Tregonning confirms the side to face Japan at Bond University on Tuesday.

Patu will come off the bench for her 25th appearance for the Wallaroos, surpassing Selena Tranter (nee Worsley), Tui Ormsby and Rebecca Clough.

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Tregonning has kept a settled side from Friday's victory over Fijiana, opting for just three changes in the front-row as the entire 23 is retained.

This will see the starting and finishing front rowers from the opening Test of 2022 switch as Madison Schuck, Ashley Marsters and Eva Karpani swap with Patu, Adiana Talakai and Bridie O’Gorman.

“We are coming up against a very organised and clinical Japan side. Watching them last Sunday against the Fijiana, there is no doubt we have a big challenge ahead of us come Tuesday," Tregonning said in a statement.

“While we were impressed by the side performance against the Fijiana, we’ve identified our key work-ons and have addressed them during this short turnaround.”

The match will be a historic occasion as the Wallaroos wear the First Nations kit for the first time in program history.

Along with this, the Wallaroos will be singing the Australian national anthem in the local Yugambeh language.

The Wallaroos will be supported by the Yugambeh Youth Choir, led by founder and director Candace Kruger, with Tregonning proud of the history they will make.

“There is no doubt that Tuesday’s match holds a particular significance for the playing group," he added.

“Receiving the opportunity to wear the First Nations jersey and sing the local rendition of the national anthem has been a key talking point amongst the group all week, so it is going to be quite emotional.”

Buildcorp Wallaroos team to play Japan at Bond University, Gold Coast on Tuesday 10 May at 5:00pm AEST.

1. Madison Schuck - Queensland Reds (1 cap)

2. Ashley Marsters – Melbourne Rebels (11 caps)

3. Asoiva (Eva) Karpani – NSW Waratahs (3 caps)

4. Michaela Leonard - Brumbies (4 caps)

5. Kaitlan Leaney – NSW Waratahs (1 cap)

6. Emily Chancellor – NSW Waratahs (7 caps)

7. Shannon Parry (C) - Queensland Reds (13 caps)

8. Grace Hamilton – NSW Waratahs (16 caps)

9. Iliseva Batibasaga – NSW Waratahs (16 caps)

10. Arabella McKenzie – NSW Waratahs (5 caps)

11. Ivania Wong - Queensland Reds (1 cap)

12. Pauline Piliae-Rasabale – NSW Waratahs (1cap)

13. Georgina Friedrichs – NSW Waratahs (1 ca)

14. Mahalia Murphy – NSW Waratahs (12 caps)

15. Lori Cramer - NSW Waratahs (5 caps)

Replacements

16. Adiana Talakai – NSW Waratahs (1 cap)

17. Liz Patu – Queensland Reds (24 caps)

18. Bridie O’Gorman – NSW Waratahs (1 cap)

19. Sera Naiqama – NSW Waratahs (1 cap)

20. Piper Duck – NSW Waratahs (1 cap)

21. Layne Morgan – NSW Waratahs (1 cap)

22. Trilleen Pomare – Western Force (12 caps)

23. Jemima McCalman - Brumbies (1 cap)

Japan side to face the Wallaroos

1. Saki Minami (c)

2. Nijiho Nagata

3. Yuka Sadaka

4. Kie Tamai

5. Yuna Sato

6. Seino Saito

7. Iroha Nagata

8. Mateitoga Bogidraumainadave

9. Moe Tsuki

10. Ayasa Otsuka

11. Rinka Matsuda

12. Shione Nakayama

13. Mana Furuta

14. Hinano Nagura

15. Ria Anoku

Replacements

16. Hinata Komaki

17. Misaki Suzuki

18. Makoto Lavemai

19. Maki Takano

20. Otoka Yoshimura

21. Kotone Yasuo

22. Kyokoa Hosokawa

23. Komachi Imakugi

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