Queensland Reds confirm Academy Squad ahead of 2023 Super W

Thu, Nov 10, 2022, 4:04 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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The Queensland Reds have confirmed their Academy squad in preparation for the 2023 Super W season.

There are ten Wallaroos within the 41-player squad, headlined by skipper Shannon Parry after guiding the team to the quarter-finals.

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They are joined by inspirational Fijian Vua Rasolea, with the tight-head prop powering them to a maiden Rugby World Cup victory over South Africa with a player-of-the-match performance.

“I believe we’ve put together a really strong Academy squad leading into the 2023 season,” said coach Simon Craig in a statement. 

“We have a strong contingent of the 2022 cohort returning, whilst we’ve also identified new talent from the Queensland Premier Rugby competition and Country pathways. 

“We’ve also worked closely alongside the Queensland Academy of Sport Women’s Sevens program and we will see a few players transition across to XVs which will be exciting. 

“From this group we will select our final Reds squad for the Super W campaign. 

“With the Women’s Rugby World Cup Grand Final on this weekend, we’ve seen over the last month the excitement that continues to build around the women’s game and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve with this group next year as we look forward to 2023 and beyond.” 

The Reds have also included Nambour Toads backrower Megan Prinsloo and Roma Echidnas fullback Meg Jakins as the club begins pre-season training at Ballymore.

The pair impressed during a City v Country tri-series held at the end of the Queensland Premier Rugby season, with Craig excited to see what they can bring to the squad.

"Both Megan Prinsloo and Meg Jakins from the Orchids really stood out for Country in all three of their games and it’s great to be able to bring those girls from genuine regional clubs into the fold," Craig added. “We’ve also worked closely alongside the Queensland Academy of Sport Women’s Sevens program and we will see a few players transition across to XVs which will be exciting."

2023 Queensland Reds Super W Academy Squad FORWARDS

Alapeta Ngauamo* - GPS

Aleena Greenhalgh* - Wests/Bundaberg

Annabelle Codey** - Easts

Hana Lane* - Wests

Liz Patu** - Wests

Madison Schuck** - Bond University

Shannon Parry** - Easts

Tazmin Sheppard* – Bond University/Gold Coast

Theresa Soloai* - Easts

Tiarna Molloy** - Wests

Tina Campbell* - GPS

Bree-Anna Cheatham** - Wests

Carola Kreis* – Bond University

Ema Masi* - University of Queensland

Melehifo Allana Sikimeti - Wests

Christina Sekona** - Sunnybank

Haidee Head - Easts

Megan Prinsloo – Nambour Toads/Sunshine Coast

Veiongo Koloamatangi-Lamipeti – Souths

Nina Poletti - Brothers  

Joana Rabaka - Sunnybank

Ta Tupou – University of Queensland

Vua Rasolea* - GPS

Miki Trbojevic


Briana Dascombe* - Wests/Darling Downs

Cecilia Smith** - Sunnybank

Ellie Draper* - Souths

Imogen Hei* - Bond University/Gold Coast

Ivania Wong** - Sunnybank

Malaela Su’a* - Easts

Melanie Wilks* - Bond University/Caboolture

Renae Nona* - Sunnybank

Sarah Lewis* - GPS/Hervey Bay

Terri-Anne Egan - Sunnybank/Gold Coast

Claudia McLaren - Easts

Alana Elisaia** - Wests

Caitlin Urwin - University of Queensland/Gympie

Heleina Young - GPS

Georgia Sim - Souths/Darling Downs

Meg Jakins - Roma Echidnas/Darling Downs

Rachel Crothers - Easts/Sunshine Coast *Denotes capped Queensland Reds player **Denotes capped Queensland Reds & Wallaroos player