Everyone is still blathering on about that soccer player from France headbutting an Italian player … seriously, just shut up and play the game.
But here’s a few updates on the coolest World Cup …
Final Wallaroos team announced
Tuesday July 11 2006
Australia prepare for Women’s Rugby World Cup
The 26-player Australian Women’s Rugby team – the Wallaroos – has now been finalised for the 2006 Women’s Rugby World Cup to be held in Edmonton, Canada.
Selectors had the tough job of cutting ten players from the squad that was chosen after the National Women’s Championship at Macquarie University.
One girl who didn’t miss the cut was Lito Fata from the Burnside club in Adelaide. She becomes the first South Australian to ever be selected in a touring Wallaroos team.
The players will now return to their home states to undergo further training before going into camp in Sydney on 22 August.
Also selected to referee at the World Cup was ACT referee Sarah Corrigan.
Corrigan refereed the Australian National Women’s Championship final for the second time last week and last year became the first female in the ACT, NSW or Queensland to officiate a first-grade match.
Australian women’s squad: Rebecca Anderson, Iliseva Batibasaga, Tasileta Bethell, Vanessa Bradley, Tricia Brown, Louise Burrows, Paige Butcher, Jacqueline Cutts, Lito Fata, Lisa Fiaola, Annette Finch, Kristy Frogley, Alicia Frost, Alexandra Hargreaves, Bronwyn Laidlaw, Tobie McGann, Lindsay Morgan, Rachelle Pirie, Silei Poluleuligaga, Kate Porter, Ruan Sims, Cheryl Soon, Alana Thomas, Rebecca Trethowan, Kim Wilson, Selena Worsely
Coaching and Management:
Head coach – Steve Hamson
Assistant coach – John Manenti
Team Manager – Mark Rowe
Logistics Assistant – Shirley Russell
Physiotherapist – Simonne Spooner
Team doctor – Dr Maja Markovic
Strength & Conditioner – Brynley Abad
And the Springboks have also named their roster for the first-ever appearance at the World Cup …
Women’s squad for RWC
12/07/2006 18:02 – (SA)
Johannesburg – The national selectors on Wednesday announced the Springbok Women squad who will represent South Africa at the 2006 IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup tournament next month in Canada.
The selectors have chosen a squad of 26 players to participate in the world event, while an additional four players were named as non-travelling reserves.
The team will be captained by Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe of Eastern Province.
The Springbok Women will assemble from July 16 – 29 for a pre-tournament training camp in Bloemfontein.
Other tournament preparations include an additional training camp from August 8 – 18 at the High Performance Centre (HPC) in Pretoria and a final training camp from August 21 – 24 at the HPC.
The squad departs on August 24 for Canada.
No. Surname First Name Province Tests
Adlem Wendy Eastern Province 6 2
Barnard Nadine Western Province 4 3
Booysen Saloma Eastern Province 4 4
Botha Ingrid Blue Bulls 6 5
Brown Ramona Eastern Province 2 6
Du Pisanie Louise Free State 6 7
Erasmus Marie-Lee Eastern Province 2 8
Hofmeester Natasha Boland 3 9
Jonga Siphokazi Border 0 10
Khumalo Wendy Kwa-Zulu Natal 3 11
Kula Cebisa Border 6 12
Marais Yolandi Blue Bulls 3 13
Mavumengwana Dolly Border 3 14
Meiring Yolanda Blue Bulls 5 15
Momoti Lamla Eastern Province 0 16
Ncwadi Thenjiwe Eastern Province 1 17
Nel Marijke Kwa-Zulu Natal 2 18
Nojoko Zandile Eastern Province 3 19
Noxeke Zolisa Border 5 20
Plaatjies Fundiswa Border 2 21
Pylman Magdalena Blue Bulls 4 22
Schoeman Marie Blue Bulls 2 23
Tendekwana Nomsa Western Province 5 24
Tsotsobe Nomsebenzi Eastern Province – captain 6 25
Vena Babalwa Border 3 26
Williams Mandisa Border 4
Non travelling reserves: Tests 1 Xaphe Nomthe Eastern Province – 2 Poswa Nosipho Western Province – 3 Manyuka Noluyolo Eastern Province – 4 Kat Fida Blue Bulls –