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At least 12 players are set to make their first NRLW appearances for the Warriors when they open their 2020 season against defending premier Brisbane at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Saturday (3.00pm kick-off local time; 6.00pm NZT).

New coach Brad Donald’s starting line-up includes the only five players he is able to call on who have had previous NRLW experience for the club – captain Georgia Hale at loose forward, Hilda Peters on the right wing, Crystal Tamarua at prop, Kanyon Paul at hooker and Madison Bartlett in the second row.

The only other player who has worn the club’s colours is Tokoroa-born Shontelle Stowers, who represented the Warriors at this year’s NRL Nines in Perth.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Tamika Upton
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Karina Brown
  • Winger for Broncos is number 2 Lauren Brown
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Hilda Peters
  • Centre for Broncos is number 3 Julia Robinson
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Teaghan Hartigan
  • Centre for Broncos is number 4 Jayme Fressard
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Evania Pelite
  • Winger for Broncos is number 5 Meg Ward
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ellia Green
  • Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Raecene McGregor
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kirra Dibb
  • Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Ali Brigginshaw
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Simone Smith

Forwards

  • Prop for Broncos is number 8 Millie Boyle
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Crystal Tamarua
  • Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Lavinia Gould
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Kanyon Paul
  • Prop for Broncos is number 10 Chelsea Lenarduzzi
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Kayla Sauvao
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Amber Hall
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Madison Bartlett
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jessika Elliston
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tazmin Gray
  • Lock for Broncos is number 13 Tarryn Aiken
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Georgia Hale

Interchange

  • Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Annette Brander
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Shaniah Power
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Tallisha Harden
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Taimane Levu
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Shannon Mato
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Samantha Economos
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Tyler Birch
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Brianna Clark

Match Officials

  • Referee: Henry Perenara
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Clark

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Other selection features include Jillaroos and former Sydney Roosters players in the key spine roles at fullback (Karina Brown), standoff (Kirra Dibb) and halfback (Simone Smith).

And starting in the second row is Tazmin Gray – Kiwi Jordan Rapana’s sister – who was a premiership winner with the Broncos last year, played for the Roosters in 2018 and has represented both Australia and Queensland in the women’s State of Origin series.

Named on the left wing is Australian sevens rugby union star Ellia Green with teammate Evania Pelite named in the centres. They were both in Australia’s gold medal-winning team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  

Gray has the most NRLW experience in the squad, having in a total of eight matches – including both grand finals – in the competition’s first two seasons. Brown has appeared in each of the Roosters’ seven matches while Hale and Peters played in all of the Warriors’ six games in 2018 and 2019.