Kinross product Grace Hamilton will don NSW’s No.6 jersey as her Waratahs face Queensland in the landmark opening round of the 2018 Buildcorp Super W on Saturday afternoon, but she’ll be joined by another face regularly spotted in the central west.
Inge Visser, a Blowes Clothing Cup premiership-winner with Cowra and a star of Central West’s country championship win last season, will line-up inside Hamilton in the second row and has also been named one of NSW’s two vice-captains.
Visser will be one Ash Hewson’s two deputies alongside halfback Cobie-Jane Morgan, and NSW coach Rob Baumann said he’s looking forward to seeing what the leadership trio can produce.
“[Hewson] was Sydney captain last year and has led the Wallaroos before as well so her knowledge and experience will be immense for us this year,” Baumann said.
“In the two vice captains we have Cobie-Jane who is quite vocal on the field and Inge who I think will provide that calming influence.”
Hamilton and Hewson are two of four players in Baumann’s side that represented the Wallaroos at last year’s World Cup in Ireland, props Emily Robinson and Eve Horomia are the others.
Baumann says that puts his side in good stead and along with the extra motivation the rivalry brings, has his Waratahs primed for an assault on the Queenslanders.
“We know that the rivalry is strong and that will be on display again on Saturday. We have a team of experienced internationals and young, up-and-coming players, which is great for the game,” Baumann said.
Saturday’s clash kicks-off at 5pm (ADST).
- WARATAHS: 1 Emily Robinson, 2 Tasmin Sheppard, 3 Evelyn Horomia, 4 Inge Visser, 5 Ana Sio, 6 Grace Hamilton, 7 Ariana Kaiwai, 8 Laura Devereux, 9 Cobie-Jane Morgan, 10 Chloe Leaupepe, 11 Shanice Parker, 12 Katrina Barker, 13 Crystal Maguire, 14 Atasi Lafai, 15 Ash Hewson ©; Bench: 16 Sarah Laman, 17 Melissa Fatu, 18 Nancy Vaiaku, 19 Natalie Maclarn, 20 Fi Jones, 21 Illiseva Batibasaga, Kirrily Laws, 23 Josephine Falesita