Wallaroos make two changes for USA clash

Coach Jay Tregonning has made two changes to his starting squad to face the United States as the Wallaroos look to build on their promising start to the Pacific Four rugby tournament in New Zealand.

The Australians lost 23-10 to the Black Ferns in the opener but led at half-time for the first time in their history.

Tregonning has named two new faces to face the Americans on Saturday in Auckland, with Rebels prostitute Ashley Marsters replacing Adiana Talakai with a knee injury.

Brumbies winger Jemima McCalman gets her first start with Ivania Wong also injured.

Hooker Tiarna Molloy entered the bench, now in line to join her Reds teammates Annabelle Codey and Cecilia Smith who won their first cap last week.

“Despite the result, we were quite impressed with the team’s performance last week against New Zealand,” Tregonning said on Friday.

“We’ve picked up a few bumps and bruises along the way – luckily we can cover it with the depth we have in this current squad.

“There are a few players who will now have the opportunity to shine from the kick-off and I know they are extremely eager to make an impact and keep that starting shirt.”

Canada and New Zealand will face off early at The Trusts Arena after both won on Monday.

THE WALLAROOS TEAM

Lori Cramer, Mahalia Murphy, Georgina Friedrichs, Pauline Piliae-Rasabale, Jemima McCalman, Trilleen Pomare, Iliseva Batibasaga, Grace Hamilton, Shannon Parry (c), Emily Chancellor, Kaitlan Leaney, Michaela Leonard, Bridie O’Gorman, Ashley Marsters, Liz Patu. Res: Tiarna Molloy, Madison Schuck, Asoiva (Eva) Karpani, Annabelle Codey, Piper Duck – NSW Waratahs, Layne Morgan, Cecilia Smith, Arabella McKenzie

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