Santos PNG Orchids head coach Ben Jeffries has named a 34-player train-on squad ahead of the team’s final selection trial in August for this year’s Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) campaign.
The group features top performers from the recent PNG Women’s Tri-Series that took place in Port Moresby on 9th -10th July, as well Australian-based players who have been monitored by coaching staff throughout 2022 and have taken part in several elite pathway programs.
The 34 women will gather in Port Moresby next month for an internal Santos PNG Orchids trial match, where final selections for the 23-player RLWC squad will be made.
The train-on squad features several returning Orchids players from RLWC 2017 and the 2019 victory over England, as well as a host of potential debutants.
Jeffries said: “I have been really impressed by the standard of talent we have available to us both in PNG and Australia. Although I was unable to attend the PNG Women’s Tri-Series due to unforeseen circumstances, I watched videos of all the matches and addressed the players several times during their camp.
I am really excited to see our PNG and Australian-based talent come together in August’s trial match and begin the World Cup journey.”
The 34-player train-on squad is as follows (alphabetical by first name):
– TARA MOXON: LEEDS (UK Super League)
– SAREKA MOOKA: NORTH QUEENSLAND (QRLW)
– LA-TONIYA NORRIS: WYNNUM (QRLW)
– SHAE-YVONNE DE LA CRUZ: SOUTHS (QRLW)