Australian sevens sparkplug Bienne Terita is one of six uncapped players named in the Wallaroos squad to tackle New Zealand in two Tests this month.
Terita last played in NZ during the Oceania Super Sevens Series and has caught the eye of Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning.
“We are excited to see what Bienne can bring to the side,” Tregonning said.
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“She has been extremely impressive for the Aussie sevens and her speed and skills are important attributes to add to our already strong outside backs.”
The Tests will be played in Christchurch on August 20 and Adelaide on August 27 as part of a double header with the Wallabies.
The other uncapped players are Maya Stewart, Bree-anna Cheetham, Siokapesi Palu, Melanie Wilks and Tania Nadan.
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Waratahs winger Stewart is only in the squad in a training capacity as she continues to recover from a serious ACL injury.
The teams are continuing to build towards the Rugby World Cup to be held in NZ in October-November.
They finished the tournament winless after subsequent defeats to the United States (16-14) and Canada (22-10).
“We’ve learnt a lot from our last tour to New Zealand for the Pacific Four Series, and we have adjusted this squad accordingly to continue building for the Rugby World Cup later this year,” Tregonning said.
“Key players have returned to the side from injury, and we are making steps forward to ensure we have the strongest squad possible ahead of the tournament in October.
“The team is looking forward to more game time in the O’Reilly Cup to further develop our combinations and chemistry – both away in Christchurch, and at home in Adelaide for the first time as part of a huge double header with the Wallabies.”
NZ coach Wayne Smith has also freshened up his squad by introducing sevens stars Theresa Fitzpatrick and Tyla Nathan-Wong and World Cup winners Victoria Subritzy-Nafatali and Charmaine McMenamin.
WALLAROOS SQUAD: Shannon Parry (c), Iliseva Batibasaga, Emily Chancellor, Bree-anna Cheatham, Lori Cramer, Piper Duck, Georgina Friedrichs, Grace Hamilton, Asoiva Karpani, Grace Kemp, Atasi Lafai, Kaitlan Leaney, Michaela Leonard, Ashley Marsters, Arabella McKenzie, Layne Morgan, Mahalia Murphy, Tania Naden, Sera Naiqama, Bridie O’Gorman, Siokapesi Palu, Liz Patu, Pauline Piliae-Rasabale, Trilleen Pomare, Emily Robinson, Madison Schuck, Cecilia Smith, Maya Stewart, Adiana Talakai, Bienne Terita, Melanie Wilks, Ivania Wong
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