Queensland talent named for Women's All Stars clash

A number of current and former Queensland Women’s representatives have been named in the in the Harvey Norman NRL All Stars train on squads and will be looking to be selected to take part in the match next year.

The Indigenous All Stars and Maori Ferns teams will face off at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on February 15 as part of a celebration that will bring together the First Peoples of Australia and New Zealand.

The Indigenous All Stars secured a win for the first time agasint the Women’s All Stars in their last match – but next season will face off against a new opponent.

Bec Young – who recently captained the Australian Prime Minister's XIII team against the PNG Orchids – was part of that win and told NRL.com that she was looking forward to being part of the game.

"It will be a tough challenge against the Maori team who look extremely strong - they're definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with."

The Indigenous All Stars squad features Queensland Origin representatives Tallisha Harden and Rhiannon Revell-Blair, former Queensland and current Orchids player Jenni-Sue Hoepper.

Indigenous All Star Amber Pilley had a big 2018, winning grand finals with both the Burleigh Bears and Brisbane Broncos.
Indigenous All Star Amber Pilley had a big 2018, winning grand finals with both the Burleigh Bears and Brisbane Broncos.

There are also a number of rising stars of the game named including Amber Pilley of the Burleigh Bears and Brisbane Broncos and emerging talents Samartha Leisha and Sarah Field.

While the Maori Ferns might be a new entity; they are packed with experience and have named Queensland Women’s player Brittany Breayley, Rona Peters, Tazmin Gray and Zahara Temara in the side.

All four most featured in the NRLW grand final (Breayley and Peters for Brisbane and Gray and Temara for the Roosters), with Brisbane claiming the inaugural title.

Harvey Norman NRL All Stars women's train-on squads 2019 (NRL Media Release)

Indigenous All Stars

Akayla McQuire
Amber Pilley
Rebecca Young
Caitlan Johnston
Chloe Caldwell
Jenni-Sue Hoepper
Kandy Kennedy
Kazzia Lammon
Kyara Nean
Latoniya Norris
Lavina O’Mealey
Lavina Robinson
Layla Fauid
Majayda Darcy
Ngalika Barker
Quincy Dodd
Rebecca Ford
Regan Hart
Rhiannon Revell-Blair
Samartha Leisha
Sarah Field
Shakiah Tungai
Sharon McGrady
Shaylee Bent
Stephanie Mooka
Tahlia Hunter
Taleena Simon
Tallisha Harden
Terri-Ann Caine
Tommaya Kelly-Sines

Zahara Temara in action for the Women's All Stars in the their match v Indigenous All Stars in 2017.
Zahara Temara in action for the Women's All Stars in the their match v Indigenous All Stars in 2017.

New Zealand Maori Ferns

Amber Kani
Animei Skudder
Arneta Honey Hireme
Autumn-Rain Stephens
Awhina Marsh
Botille Vette-Walsh
Brittany Breayley
Crystal Stowers
Crystal Tamarua
Faith (Philly) Rapana
Geneva Webber
Harata (Charlette) Butler
Hilda Mariu
Jonsal Tautari
Kahurangi Peters
Karley Te Kawa
Kararaina Wira-Kohu
Kathy Keremete
Krystal Rota
Lisa Edwards-Rua
Raecene McGregor
Raquel Anderson-Pitman
Rona Peters
Tahina Heta
Tanika-Jazz Noble-Bell
Tazmin Gray
Te Aroha Hapuku
Tori Iosefo
Tyler Birch
Zahara Temara

  • Tickets are on sale for the All Stars matches, with adult tickets from $20 and family passes from $50. Tickets are available at nrl.com/tickets.

Main Photo: Queensland's Brittany Breayley with fellow Maori Ferns selections (in background) Rona Peters and Tazmin Gray).