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    2024 Western Force Super W Squad

    To date from WF-

    + Overseas Player
    @ Western Australian Developed Player
    International Capped
    *Unspecified/Assumed

    Emilya Byrne *2024
    +Sara Cline (Canada) *2024
    Rosie Ebbage *2024
    @Kendra Fell *2024 (Previous Wallaroos Squad Selection)
    @Zoe Gillard *2024
    Haylee Hifo (Tonga Rugby League Capped) 2025
    +Sheree Hume (NZ) *2024
    @Tamika Jones 2025 (Uncapped Wallaroos Squad, Australian Barbarians)
    +Natsuki Kashiwagi (Japan)*2025
    +Seneti Kilisimasi (Tonga) Oceania Scholarship 2024
    +Hinata Komaki (Japan) *2024
    +Saelua Leaula (Samoa)*2024
    Michaela Leonard 2025
    @Nicole Ledington *2024
    +Suititi Ma’ake (Tonga) Oceania Scholarship 2024
    @Keira MacAskill *2024
    Hera-Barb Malcolm Heke *2024
    @Rosie McGehan *2024
    Alapeta Ngauamo *2024
    Renae Nona *2024
    @Hannah Palelei *2024
    @Trilleen Pomare 2025
    @Ariana Ruru-Hinaki *2024
    @Anneka Stephens *2024
    +Pia Tapsell (NZ) *2024
    @Libya Teepa *2024
    +Harono Te Iringa (NZ) *2024 (Previous Black Ferns Squad Selection)
    @Brooklyn Teki-Joyce *2024
    @Dallys Tini *2024
    Alanis Toia (Samoa) *2024
    @Numi Tupaea *2024
    Braxton Walker *2024
    @Aiysha Wigley *2024
    @Samantha Wood 2025

    The Kiwi's are assumed to be the standard one year contracts, announcements don't specify.
    Jones and Wood are stated to be two year while in the same announcement about the three of them being “the future of our club” (through to WRWC 2029) it doesn't specify the term of Ledington. I've called it one year, but surprised if it isn't 2.
    Kashiwagi's placement could be interpreted in two ways, it's either her for two years, or Kashiwagi this year and a different Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix player for 2025.

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    Force recruiters should be all over the SVNS Tournament selling the merits of Perth, particularly to the likes of Caslick, 2 x Levi, Terita, Lefau-Fakaosilea etc who might be after a new challenge in XV's after Paris, with the East Coast already holding all but two of the current Wallaroos.

    I'd also be talking with Demi Hayes who, at 25, sustained a long-term ACL injury in Cape Town.
    Too young for Rio, unsuccessful in Tokyo and now freshly unavailable for Paris, the journey to a Home RWC might just be the finale an extremely talented athlete deserves.

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    Relevant Articles-

    Suititi Ma’ake and Seneti Kilisimasi

    https://westernforce.rugby/news/tong...ships-20231121

    https://oceania.rugby/news/australia...eason-20231121

    Natsuki Kashiwagi
    https://westernforce.rugby/news/forc...hoenix-2023128

    Trilleen Pomare and Michaela Leonard
    https://westernforce.rugby/news/poma...deals-20231228

    Pia Tapsell and Sheree Hume
    https://westernforce.rugby/news/forc...ll-hume-202414

    Samantha Wood, Nicole Ledington and Tamika Jones
    https://westernforce.rugby/news/futu...l-trio-2024112

    Harono Te Iringa, Alapeta Ngauamo and Saelua Leaula
    https://westernforce.rugby/news/forc...umhalf-2024116

    Hannah Palelei, Hera-Barb Malcolm Heke and Braxton Walker
    https://westernforce.rugby/news/acad...signed-2024124

    Aiysha Wigley, Brooklyn Teki-Joyce and Anneka Stephens
    https://westernforce.rugby/news/forc...ephens-2024131

    Hinata Komaki, Alanis Toia and Haylee Hifo
    https://westernforce.rugby/news/forc...-womens-202428

    Rosie McGehan, Zoe Gillard and Keira MacAskill
    https://westernforce.rugby/news/gill...uper-w-2024210

    Sara Cline, Kendra Fell and Libya Teepa
    https://westernforce.rugby/news/forc...-teepa-2024213

    Numi Tupaea, Dallys Tini and Ariana Ruru-Hinaki
    https://westernforce.rugby/news/forc...uper-w-2024214

    Renae Nona, Rosie Ebbage and Emilya Byrne
    https://westernforce.rugby/news/nona...-squad-2024215

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    Force sign prop pair Te Iringa and Ngauamo, re-sign Samoan scrum-half
    Tue, Jan 16, 2024, 7:15 AM
    By Ben Somerford


    The Western Force confirms the acquisition of props Harono Te Iringa and Alapeta Ngauamo along with the re-signing of Manusina Samoa scrum-half Saelua Leaula for the 2024 Super Rugby Women’s season.

    Te Iringa, 27, was previously a New Zealand’s Black Ferns squad member prior to the 2022 World Cup. The prop joins the Force after spending the past few seasons with the Chiefs in Super Rugby Aupiki, helping the side win the 2022 title.

    Ngauamo joins after spending the past two seasons at the Queensland Reds, while she has plenty of experience with Queensland Premier Rugby outfit GPS Rugby Club and offers leadership coming from a coaching background.

    The duo’s signings are a major boost for the Force’s front-row stocks as they gun to improve on last season’s 2-3 record where the side came close to a maiden finals berth.

    Super W head coach Dylan Parsons said: “Harono has come out of the Chiefs Manawa program. She just played in the Farah Palmer Cup with County Manukau.

    “Through her performances there and being in a position of need in the front row, we’re really excited to add someone with that experience to come across to the Western Force

    “Alapeta is coming out of the Reds program where she’s been consistently in the match day squad the past couple of seasons. She’s an experienced prop who has come across wanting an opportunity to help achieve higher goals.

    “We’re really excited add her experience to our group and she is already showing that she is a quality human."

    Te Iringa said she was thrilled about heading to WA and revealed she consulted Black Ferns teammate Martha Mataele, who won the Force’s 2023 Rebecca Clough medal, before making the move.

    “I’m very excited to be joining the Force and grateful for the opportunity,” Te Iringa said. “I’ve never played for an Australian club before, so I’m looking forward to testing myself against new opponents in a new country.

    “I spoke to Martha Mataele, who came here last year, and she was really positive about her experience with the Force, particularly around how the club supports you. I’m looking forward to indulging in the culture with the girls and also hope to lead by example and offer my experience to help the younger group.”

    Ngauamo said she was attracted to the Force by the club’s groundbreaking program that has invested heavily in the women’s space, including a league-first appointment of a full-time head coach in Parsons.

    “The commitment and investment the Force has made to its women's program is a significant stride forward for women in Rugby and is something I want to be a part of,” Ngauamo said.

    “Working with Dylan and the team has been fantastic, and I'm eager to be part of the momentum they're creating for a successful Super W season.”

    Leaula spent last season with the Force after joining on the Australian government’s PacificAus Sports scholarship program and proved to be an X-factor utility back with her speed, playing all five games in the 2023 Super W season.

    “We’re really excited about Saelua,” Parsons said. “She came out of the Oceania Combine program. Through her efforts and performances, she’s earned a contract in the main squad.

    “That shows that the program is a successful program to keep bringing them players in and exposing them to earn contracts. She’s a great character, we’re stoked to have her back.”

    Leaula said she was delighted to link up again with the Force for the 2024 season, having learned plenty last year.

    “I’m excited to re-join the Western Force for Super W in 2024 because I still want to learn more not only on the field but also in the off-field environment,” she said. “I loved the experience from both players and management.”

    The Force will open their 2024 Super W season at HBF Park against the Rebels on Friday 15 March from 4:30pm WST as part of a double-header prior to the men’s game against the Moana Pasifika. Memberships are on sale now, including the offer of free Junior Memberships.

    2024 Western Force Super W squad: Sheree Hume, Tamika Jones, Saelua Leaula, Nicole Ledington, Michaela Leonard, Alapeta Ngauamo, Trilleen Pomare, Pia Tapsell, Harono Te Iringa, Samantha Wood

    https://www.rugby.com.au/news/force-...umhalf-2024116

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    I thought Harono Te Iringa was a Lock????
    However, she evidently converted to playing Prop last season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg View Post
    I thought Harono Te Iringa was a Lock????
    However, she evidently converted to playing Prop last season.
    Yeah, looks like she went forward between '22 and '23.
    Some footage of her in #5 in the NZ Women's Final.
    When I first saw her I thought she did look tall for a female Prop.


    What would be good is if she lured Chiefs teammate Ruby Tui over with her...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    Notably, zero player announcements from the other five teams as at 16.01.2024.
    The other teams don't have to make announcements as the WF is the only team offering contracts to the squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg View Post
    The other teams don't have to make announcements as the WF is the only team offering contracts to the squad.
    Fair enough, but some promotion of the comp wouldn't go astray.
    Even Men's announcements have between pretty sparse since the Squads announcements of a week or so ago.

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    Should be close to having the full squad announcement as I see socials reports of first "induction training" yesterday.

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    Named in training photos but not yet announced-

    Katie Barnes
    Kendra Fell

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    Three more announcements today (updated above) with 23 days to the first Trial Match you would hope the rest aren't far off from confirmation/announcement!

    Hopefully also Hodgo et al were working overtime over the weekend in recruitment mode!
    Convince a few to defect after SVNS PER 2025 while still in town, seamless transition to XV's in the Golden West through to WRWC!

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    Watching the highlights embedded in the Brumbies v Hong Kong China XV report, might be a couple of worthy development players to look at amongst the visitors...

    https://brumbies.rugby/news/super-ru...g-china-202424

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    We've made it to 22 in the Squad announced.

    "The Force open their Super W campaign on Friday March 15 from 4:30pm against the Melbourne Rebels at HBF Park.

    Prior to that, the Force women will face Japanese club Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix in two pre-season trial games from Friday 23 February from 4:30pm prior to the Force men’s Super Rugby season opener at HBF Park. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster."

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    Our Super W side seems to be recruiting very heavily, looks like it good be a strong season which will be great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garry Owen View Post
    Our Super W side seems to be recruiting very heavily, looks like it good be a strong season which will be great
    Aside from any implications of the current instability of the wider Australian franchise landscape, yes I agree it is looking pretty good for our season ahead. Some very handy players there on 2023 standards and the girls have been exposed to Pro training this preseason.

    I did hear earlier today of some funding issues for our Academy though and what I took as the disbandment of the Female Academy Program. Any knowledge there?

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