NSW have named two debutants in their women’s State of Origin team to take on Queensland on the Sunshine Coast in late June.
Kezie Apps will captain the side while Keeley Davis and Kennedy Cherrington have been named to make their debuts in the June 25 clash.
Davis was set to make her first appearance at hooker last year but was was forced to withdraw through injury on game day.
Brydie Parker and Renee Targett have been included as emergencies on an extended bench in a 19-strong squad.
The team includes 12 players from the City representative team which beat Country at Bankwest Stadium this month.
Five players from the Country side have been selected.
NSW Women’s State of Origin coach Kylie Hilder said the form shown in that match boded well for the Blues to reclaim the trophy from the Maroons.
“We’ve named a very strong team to take on Queensland and I was really impressed by the form the players showed in the Country versus City match this month,” Hilder said.
“I can’t wait to get into camp and I’m confident the players will give a good account of themselves and are looking forward to the opportunity to take on Queensland again.”
NSW won the first two Women’s State of Origin matches in 2018 and 2019 – and had not lost an interstate match against Queensland since 2015 – before last year’s narrow 24-18 loss.
Hilder is the first female coach in the professional era to be appointed for the NSW Women’s Origin team and will be assisted by former Manly NRL coach Geoff Toovey.
NSW: Botille Vette-Welsh (Wests Tigers), Yasmin Meakes (Central Coast Roosters), Jess Sergis (Helensburgh Tigers), Isabelle Kelly (Central Coast Roosters), Tiana Penitani (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Corban Baxter (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Maddie Studdon (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Simaima Taufa (Mounties), Keeley Davis (Mounties), Millie Boyle (Burleigh Bears), Kezie Apps (c) (Helensburgh Tigers), Sarah Togatuki (St Marys Saints), Hannah Southwell (Central Coast Roosters), Quincy Dodd (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Filomina Hanisi (Mounties), Kennedy Cherrington (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Holli Wheeler (North Sydney Bears), Brydie Parker (Central Coast Roosters), Renee Targett (North Sydney Bears).