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Australian Jillaroos
Badge of Australian Jillaroos team
Team information
NicknameThe Jillaroos
Governing bodyAustralian Rugby League Commission
RegionAsia-Pacific
Head coachBrad Donald
CaptainSam Bremner
Most capsTahnee Norris
RLIF ranking1st
Uniforms
First colours
Second colours
Team results
First international
1995
Biggest win
 Australia 88–0 Canada 
(Sydney, Australia; 22 November 2017)[1]
World Cup
Appearances5 (first time in 2000)
Best resultChampions (2013, 2017)

The Australia women's national rugby league team, also known as the Australian Jillaroos, or Harvey Norman Jillaroos for sponsorship reasons, represents Australia in women's rugby league. They are administered by the Australian Rugby League Commission and Australian Women's Rugby League.

The Australian Jillaroos won the Women's Rugby League World Cup in 2013 after coming second in three consecutive World Cups.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] They are the current world champions.[10] Brad Donald recently replaced Steve Folkes as the head coach of the Jillaroos.,[11] with Jamie Feeney as Assistant Coach. Kezie Apps won the 2016 Female Dally M Player of the Year award, which is the second ever award for a female.,[12][13] naming her as Australia's best female player.

The Jillaroos squad is selected by a panel of national selectors. There are specific tournaments and matches that act as selection trials. These include:

Current squad[edit]

The Australia national team squad for the 2018 October Test match against New Zealand Kiwi Ferns.[14]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
Fullback Chelsea Baker (1986-03-17) 17 March 1986 (age 33) Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Fullback Karina Brown (1989-03-09) 9 March 1989 (age 30) Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Wing Julia Robinson (1998-06-01) 1 June 1998 (age 21) Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Centre Isabelle Kelly (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 22) Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Centre Jessica Sergis (1997-09-15) 15 September 1997 (age 21) St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
Centre Hannah Southwell (1999-03-04) 4 March 1999 (age 20) St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
Five-eighth Keeley Davis (2000-07-05) 5 July 2000 (age 19) St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
Halfback Ali Brigginshaw (Captain) (1989-12-01) 1 December 1989 (age 29) Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Halfback Zahara Temara (1997-07-04) 4 July 1997 (age 22) Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Prop Heather Ballinger (1982-07-29) 29 July 1982 (age 37) Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Prop Steph Hancock (1982-03-09) 9 March 1982 (age 37) Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Prop Elianna Walton (1984-12-18) 18 December 1984 (age 34) Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Prop Holli Wheeler (1990-01-28) 28 January 1990 (age 29) St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
Hooker Brittany Breayley (1991-02-07) 7 February 1991 (age 28) Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Second-row Kezie Apps (1991-02-04) 4 February 1991 (age 28) St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
Second-row Tazmin Gray (1995-02-04) 4 February 1995 (age 24) Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Lock Annette Brander (1993-01-21) 21 January 1993 (age 26) St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
Lock Simaima Taufa (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 25) Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters

Coaches[edit]

The current coach of the Australian team is Brad Donald. Previous coaches have included Paul Dyer, Graham Murray, and Steve Folkes.

Name Tests Nines Ref.
Span Matches W D L W% Span Matches W D L W%
Karen Stuart c2008–09 ? ? ? ? ? N/A
Graham Murray c2010–11 ? ? ? ? ? N/A [16]
Paul Dyer c2013 ? ? ? ? ? N/A
[17]
Steve Folkes 2014–16 3 1 0 2 33% 2015–16 6 2 0 0 33% [18]
Brad Donald 2017–18 7 7 0 0 100% 2017–18 7 7 0 0 100% [19]

Results[edit]

Full internationals[edit]

Date Score Opponent Tournament Venue
1995 - New Zealand 2 Test Series Lidcombe Oval, Lidcombe, New South Wales
- New Zealand Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
1996 - Great Britain 3 Test Series
- Great Britain
- Great Britain
1997 - New Zealand 2 Test Series
- New Zealand
1998 - Fiji 2 Test Series
- Fiji
1999 - New Zealand 3 Test Series
- New Zealand
- New Zealand
2000 - 2000 WRLWC Great Britain
2001 - New Zealand Test Match
2002 - Great Britain 3 Test Series
- Great Britain
- Great Britain
2003 - New Zealand Māori Test Match
2004 - New Zealand 2 Test Series
- New Zealand
2005 - 2005 WRLWC New Zealand
Date Opponent Score Tournament Venue Ref.
6 November 2008  France
60 – 0
2008 World Cup Stockland Park, Sunshine Coast
8 November 2008  Russia
72 – 0
10 November 2008  England
22 – 4
12 November 2008  Pacific Islands
32 – 6
15 November 2008  New Zealand
0 – 38
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
2009  New Zealand
18 – 16
2009 Tour Ellerslie Domain, Auckland [20]
New Zealand Maori
14 – 18
3 September 2011  Samoa
42 – 14
Test Match Apia Park, Apia [21]
2011  New Zealand Cancelled Test Match Gold Coast [22]
5 July 2013  England
14 – 6
2013 World Cup The Tetley's Stadium, Dewsbury
8 July 2013  France
72 – 0
Post Office Road, Featherstone
11 July 2013  New Zealand
6 – 14
Fox's Biscuits Stadium, Batley
14 July 2013  New Zealand
22 – 12
Headingley, Leeds
9 November 2014  New Zealand
8 – 12
Four Nations curtain-raiser WIN Stadium, Wollongong
3 May 2015  New Zealand
22 – 14
Anzac Test Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
6 May 2016  New Zealand
16 – 26
Anzac Test Hunter Stadium, Newcastle [23]
5 May 2017  New Zealand
16 – 4
Anzac Test GIO Stadium, Canberra
16 November 2017  Cook Islands
58 – 4
2017 World Cup Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney
19 November 2017  England
38 – 0
22 November 2017  Canada
88 – 0
26 November 2017  Canada
58 – 6
2 December 2017  New Zealand
23 – 16
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
13 October 2018  New Zealand
26 – 24
Trans-Tasman Test Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
25 October 2019  New Zealand Trans-Tasman Test WIN Stadium, Wollongong

[24][25][26]

Nines[edit]

Date Opponent Score Tournament Venue Ref.
31 January 2015 New Zealand
4 – 8
2015 Auckland Nines Eden Park, Auckland
1 February 2015
4 – 16
8 – 7
6 February 2016
11 – 4
2016 Auckland Nines
[27]
7 February 2016
0 – 9
[28]
7 – 21
[29]
4 February 2017
20 – 4
2017 Auckland Nines
5 February 2017
8 – 0
14 – 4
23 February 2018 Samoa
26 – 4
2018 Commonwealth Championship Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe
[30]
Fiji
24 – 0
24 February 2018 Cook Islands
14 – 8
[31]
Samoa
14 – 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  17. ^ "Jillaroos win Women's World Cup". NRL.com. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
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  27. ^ Kennedy, Chris (6 February 2016). "Defence earns Jillaroos a first-up win". NRL.com. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  28. ^ Kennedy, Chris (7 February 2016). "Kiwi Ferns level Nines series". NRL.com. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
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