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SportTeen sensation set to make Wallaroos debut against Japan

03:00  12 july  2019
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Teen sensation set to make Wallaroos debut against Japan© Rugby Australia Opportunity knocks: Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea is set to make her Wallaroos debut against Japan on Saturday in Newcastle. The Wallaroos have named three debutants in their starting XV to face Japan on Saturday in Newcastle, including prodigious 18-year-old Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea.

In the first of two Tests over the next couple of weeks, Australian coach Dwayne Nestor has settled on a reasonably inexperienced side to take on a Japanese team ranked 16th in the world.

No.8 Grace Hamilton will captain a Wallaroos side ranked seventh in the world featuring three debutants in hooker Averyl Mitchell, as well as an untried midfield of Lefau-Fakaosilea and Ariana Hira-Herangi.

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Lefau-Fakaosilea, who will wear the No.13 jersey, is one of the most exciting prospects in women’s rugby, having starred for Queensland in Super W as well as training with the Australian sevens side in the hope of being selected for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

“Her face has been out and about, so people know a bit about her and what she brings in attack and defence,” said winger Samantha Treherne, who has 10 Test caps to her name. “It is a new team so hopefully we trust our coaches and what they’ve given us.

“The young girls are making people work hard for their spot. They’re showing myself and a few other senior girls a thing or two, which is really helpful. They’re adding a lot of value to the team.”

Australia’s pair of Tests will be a nice tune-up before facing New Zealand in August for Tests before two Bledisloe Cup fixtures.

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“We know we’ve got New Zealand coming up but we’re just focusing on what need to do at the moment against Japan,” Treherne said. “They are a very physical team. They apply a lot of pressure to our attacking line and are also very well trained over the rucks. We have to be careful in our breakdowns and securing ball so we can get clean ball to the backs.”

Treherne, who is fully contracted with the Australian sevens squad, has been working hard on her speed and hopes to use it to full advantage on Saturday.

“They’ve given me the confidence to back myself with ball in hand and able to do my job in defence well enough and hopefully that helps the team balance,” Treherne said.

Eva Karpani, Shannon Mato, Arabella McKenzie and Lori Cramer are also in line to make their debuts off the bench.

Wallaroos team to face Japan on Saturday at Newcastle Sportsground No.2

(1-15): Emily Robinson, Averyl Mitchell, Evelyn Horomia, Michaela Leonard, Alisha Hewett, Millie Boyle, Emily Chancellor, Grace Hamilton (c), Cobie-Jane Morgan, Trileen Pomare, Mhicca Carter, Ariana Hira-Herangi, Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea, Samantha Treherne, Mahalia Murphy.

Bench: Ashley Marsters, Liz Patu, Eva Karpani, Rebecca Clough, Shannon Mato, Arabella McKenzie, Lori Cramer.

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