St George Illawarra’s Sam Bremner will lead Australia’s Jillaroos squad against the New Zealand as part of a triple-header at Mount Smart Stadium on October 13.
The squad features six debutants, with seven players from the Dragons, six from Holden Women’s Premiership champions Brisbane, and five from the Roosters.
Meanwhile seven members of the premiership-winning Broncos side have been selected in the New Zealand squad, including grand final hat-trick hero Kimiora Nati.
Kiwi Ferns veteran Honey Hireme has also been selected to continue her 16-year international career after a strong NRLW campaign with the Dragons.
“This has been a landmark year for women’s rugby league and it’s fitting that we finish our year with a Test Match against New Zealand,” Jillaroos coach Brad Donald said.
“The memories of the World Cup are still fresh in everyone’s minds and following the success of the Women’s Premiership, it’s great to be able to bring the best of the best together as a national squad.
“Taking on the Kiwis on their home turf is a huge occasion for our team and the squad is looking forward to the challenge of playing in front of what will no doubt be a big crowd.”
Kezie Apps (Dragons), Chelsea Baker (Broncos), Heather Ballinger (Broncos), Annette Brander (Dragons), Brittany Breayley (Broncos), Samantha Bremner (captain, Dragons), Ali Brigginshaw (Broncos), Keeley Davis (Dragons), Tazmin Gray (Roosters), Steph Hancock (Broncos), Isabelle Kelly (Roosters), Julia Robinson (Broncos), Jess Sergis (Dragons), Hannah Southwell (Dragons), Simaima Taufa (Roosters), Zahara Temara (Roosters), Eliana Walton (Roosters), Holli Wheeler (Dragons)
Kiwi Ferns squad
Raquel Anderson-Pitman, Apii Nicholls, Langi Veainu, Amber Kani, Annetta-Claudia Nuuausala, Aieshaleigh Smalley, Laura Mariu, Onjeurlina Leiataua, Masuisuimatamaalii Tauasa-Pauaraisa (all Warriors), Ngatokotoru Arakua, Karley Te Kawa, Kimiora Nati, Teuila Fotu-Moala, Maitua Feterika, Lavinia Gould, Lilieta Maumau (all Broncos), Honey Hireme, Raecene McGregor (both Dragons), Nita Maynard (Roosters)