Super Rugby Women’s week two teams: Chancellor out of Fiji clash, Force unveil international bench


Round Two of the Super Rugby Women’s continues this weekend, with the Brumbies and Rebels out to grab their first win of the season before two massive blockbusters on Saturday shake up the table.

See all the team news below.


ACT Brumbies v Melbourne Rebels, 5:05 pm AEDT

Despite being blown off the park against a rampaging Tahs, the Brumbies have rewarded their finishers for their strong performance and moved the likes of Allana Sikimeti, Katalina Amosa and Kolora Lomani into the starting side.

Several players will drop back to the bench and eager to impress, however keep an eye out for Erika Maslen from the Tuggeranong Vikings, who is set to make her debut in Brumby colours.

The Rebels have named a mostly unchanged starting side, with Jiowana Sauto coming into the starting front row and Chanelle Kohika-Skipper and Crystal Mayes swapping roles at wing and fullback.

Samantha Treherne will make her debut for the Stockade on the other wing, with two more potential debutants Laetitia Bobo and Millie Scutt coming off the bench.

Siokapesi Palu  during the round one Super Rugby Women’s match between NSW Waratahs and ACT Brumbies. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

BRUMBIES (1-15): Allana Sikimeti, Tania Naden, Iroha Kisimoto, Kate Holland, Ash Fernandez, Siokapesi Palu (c), Katalina Amosa, Tabua Tuinakauvadra, Jay Huriwai, Faitala Moleka, Jemima McCalman, Kayla Sauvao, Harmony Ioane, Kolora Lomani, Ashlea Bishop

RESERVES: Erika Maslen, Sally Fuesaina, Iris Verebalavu, Loretta Mailangi, Lydia Kavoa, Chioma Enyi, Kyah Little, Biola Dawa

REBELS (1-15): Anastasia Mamea, Jayme Nuku, Jiowana Sauto, Easter Savelio, Tiarah Minns, Melanie Kawa, Sui Pauaraisa, Grace Hamilton, Lucy Brown, Cassie Siataga, Chanelle Kohika-Skipper, Ashley Marsters, Harmony Vatau, Samantha Treherne, Crystal Mayes

RESERVES: Mary Tuaana, Laiema Bosenavulagi, Paula Ioane, Laetitia Bobo,  Millie Scutt, Grace Freeman, Teuila Pritchard


Fijian Drua v NSW Waratahs, 3:35 pm FJT

Saturday is looming as a blockbuster weekend for the competition and could loom as a critical weekend in the context of the whole year for both Australian and Fijian players.

The Drua will play their first match at Lautoka, and are likely to set crowd records given how passionate fans have shown up to support the team. Vika Matarugu will start at hooker role for the first time since moving from the Rebels, while Adita Milinia and Merewairiti Neivosa will look to back up a fantastic performance on the wings.

It will be a settled Drua squad, but they will be up against a Waratahs side who made history last week, becoming the first Super Rugby Women’s side to score 1000 points. The big loss for the girls in sky blue is Wallaroo Emily Chancellor who is out with a knee injury, however, Leilani Nathan will come into the starting side as coverage.

The Tahs will also be bolstered by the return of Atasi Lafai and Kaitlan Leaney, with Piper Duck retaining the captaincy duties.

DRUA (1-15): Anasimeci Korobata, Vika Matarugu, Mereoni Vonosere, Mereoni Nakesa, Jade Coates, Teresia Tinanivalu, Sulita Waisega, Karalaini Naisewa (c), Evivi Senikarivi, Merewalesi Rokouno, Adita Milinia, Merewai Cumu, Vani Arei, Merewairita Naivoha, Luisa Tisolo

RESERVES: Keleni Marawa, Loraini Senivutu, Tiana Robanakadavu, Aviame Veidreyaki, Nunia Daunimoala, Setaita Railumu, Jeniffer Ravutia, Atelaite Ralivanaw

WARATAHS (1-15): Emily Robinson, Brittany Merlo, Bridie O’Gorman, Kaitlan Leaney, Annabelle Codey, Leilani Nathan, Skye Churchill, Piper Duck (c), Layne Morgan, Arabella McKenzie, Desiree Miller, Katrina Barker, Georgina Friedrichs, Maya Stewart, Caitlyn Halse

RESERVES: Siusiuosalafai Volkman, Brianna Hoy, Eva Karpani, Sera Naiqama, Hollie Cameron, Tatum Bird, Waiaria Ellis, Jade Sheridan

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Western Force vs Queensland Reds, 2:05 pm AWST

Closing the roundout is arguably one of the biggest games of the year for both the Reds and the Force. With a flurry of signings and exciting young talent, it has been called by pundits that the Force will be the big improvers this year.

That muscle will be brought out on full display, with the Force making minimal changes to their squad to the Rebels, with Samoan utility Saelua Leaula coming into the starting side. However, the bench will see Japanese Prop Hinata Komaki, Manusina Samoa international lock Alanis Toia and Tongan utility Siutiti Ma’ake make their debuts for the club, ensuring the West will be finishing strong.

The big news out of the Reds is the promotion of Shalom Sauaso to the starting side, following a barnstorming opening weekend against the Drua, with Grace Baker set to earn her debut cap in the loose forwards.

Aside from Dianne Waight coming onto the bench for a potential debut as well, the Reds squad remains a settled unit, and this clash might give the game in Fiji a run for its money as the match of the round.

Carys Dallinger kicks during the round one match between Queensland Reds and Fijian Drua. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

FORCE (1-15): Alapeta Ngauamo, Sara Cline, Natsuki Kashiwagi, Michaela Leonard, Rosie Ebbage, Brooklyn Teki-Joyce, Anneka Stephens, Tamika Jones, Samantha Wood, Nicole Ledington, Rosie McGehan, Trilleen Pomare (c), Sheree Hume, Saelua Leaula, Aiysha Wigley

RESERVES: Hera-Barb Malcolm Heke, Hinata Komaki, Harono Te Iringa, Pia Tapsell, Alanis Toia, Lucy Dinnen, Renae Nona, Siutiti Ma’ake

REDS (1-15): Madi Schuck, Tiarna Molloy, Charli Jacoby, Deni Ross, Aleena Greenhaigh, Lucy Thorpe, Grace Baker, Jemma Bemrose, Sarah Dougherty, Carys Dallinger, Ivania Wong, Cecilia Smith, Alana Elisaia, Lori Cramer

RESERVES: Liz Patu, Maletina Brown, Theresa Soloai, Ashlee Knight, April Ngatupuna, Ava Wereta, Caitlin Urwin, Dianne Waight

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