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Wallaroos name 40-woman PONI squad

The Wallaroos have named a 40 strong Player of National Interest squad following the completion of Super W 2021 as they prepare for a rescheduled Test series with Samoa and next year's Rugby World Cup.

The squad features eight changes from the one Wallaroos coach Dwayne Nestor named in March this year, all earning their first national call-up, with players returning to their states to continue training in their selected PONI groups over the next two months.

Queensland halfback Destiny Brill headlines the new names after several standout performances for her side in Coffs Harbour. She's joined by Waratahs second rower Kailtin Leaney, who made several barnstorming runs during the tournament held in her hometown.

Waratahs wing Margot Vella was also rewarded for her impressive performances with a call-up, while Rebels' young gun Jade Te Aute joins the squad and becomes the youngest member at 17-years-old.

"Many congratulations to all those selected. The Wallaroos Selection Panel had many tough decisions to make, with so many players performing well in Super W 2021," RA General Manager, Women's Rugby Jilly Collins said.

"Rugby Australia looks forward to announcing new Test match dates for the Wallaroos shortly. We are working hard with all our partners to confirm the revised schedule, following the postponement of the PacificAus Sports Wallaroos Samoa Test series, due to current COVID-19 restrictions."

Trilleen Pomare, the only Western Force player named in the earlier squad did not make the updated list after the Force team chose to leave Coffs Harbour ahead of the second round due to the developing COVID-19 situation in Sydney in order to make it home to work and families before the Western Australian border shut.

The Wallaroos World Cup preparations took a large hit on Saturday when Rugby Australia announced head coach Nestor and assistant Matt Tink had resigned from their roles effective immediately after they were stood down for "inappropriate language" that was caught on a recording of the Waratahs win over the Brumbies last Wednesday.

RA will begin their search for a new coaching team immediately and the new staffing team will be in place prior to September with the countdown clock to the World Cup ticking. The Wallaroos have drawn fierce rivals New Zealand alongside Wales in their Pool.

Buildcorp Wallaroos Player of National Interest Squad

*Denotes new addition into squad

Iliseva Batibasaga, Destiny Brill*, Emily Chancellor, Bree-Anna Cheatham, Georgia Cormick, Lori Cramer, Piper Duck, Anita Faimasui-Brown, Georgina Friedrichs, Aleena Greenhalgh, Grace Hamilton, Fiona Jones, Eva Karpani, Grace Kemp, Atasi Lafai, Kaitlan Leaney*, Michaela Leonard, Lucy Lockhart, Ashley Marsters, Lillyann Mason-Spice, Jemima McCalman, Arabella McKenzie, Tiarah Minns, Tiarna Molloy*, Layne Morgan, Mahalia Murphy, Sera Naiqama, Bridie O'Gorman, Siokapesi Palu*, Liz Patu, Pauline Piliae, Christina Sekona, Cecilia Smith, Tayla Stanford, Maya Stewart, Adiana Talakai, Jade Te Aute*, Margot Vella*, Melanie Wilks*, Ivania Wong*