Campbelltown duo gain Australian Wallaroos selection

Campbelltown Harlequins pair Mahalia Murphy (left) and Atasi Lafai (right) have been picked for the Australian Wallaroos squad. They are pictured with fellow Campbelltown player Jemima Henry. Picture: Chris Lane
Campbelltown Harlequins pair Mahalia Murphy (left) and Atasi Lafai (right) have been picked for the Australian Wallaroos squad. They are pictured with fellow Campbelltown player Jemima Henry. Picture: Chris Lane

Campbelltown continues to build a reputation as a strong rugby union region.

Campbelltown Harlequins pair Mahalia Murphy and Atasi Lafai have been named to represent the Australian Wallaroos women's team in 2019.

Murphy and Lafai were included in an extended squad of 46 players yesterday (Thursday, April 11).

The Buildcorp Wallaroos are scheduled to play four Tests this year, starting on July 13 against Japan at Newcastle. 

Wallaroos coach Dwayne Nestor said in a statement that the 2019 squad featured 16 uncapped players.

"This squad is about preparing not only for our biggest year on home soil, but also making sure we are continuing to build a strong program for the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup," he said.

"Players will come and go from this squad based on their form and performance so it's vital that every player continue to work hard at training over the coming months.

"We are excited about the year ahead and we know we have a real opportunity to create some amazing history for the Buildcorp Wallaroos jersey."

Mahalia Murphy and Atasi Lafai in their Australian Wallaroos training gear. Picture: Stuart Walmsley

Mahalia Murphy and Atasi Lafai in their Australian Wallaroos training gear. Picture: Stuart Walmsley

The selection announcement was made following the NSW  Waratahs winning the 2019 Super W premiership.

NSW secured an 8-5 win over Queensland in the grand final at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

Murphy was named as part of an extended bench for the Waratahs.

The 24-year-old made her Super W debut earlier this year and was impressive at fullback, including scoring a try.

Fellow Campbelltown player Jemima Henry also represented the Waratahs this year, while Lafai, 25, missed selection due to injury.