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Duo picked in NSW’s final squad

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Hunter-based representatives Maya Stewart and Katrina Barker have been named in the NSW Waratahs’ final 30-member squad ahead of the 2020 Super W campaign.
Stewart has shown terrific form in preseason, bagging four tries for Australia A against Samoa during last month’s Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship in Fiji.

The Nelson Bay winger, who was playing just her second game for the national side, scored in the 12th, 16th, 24th and 29th minutes as Australia A stormed to a 27-5 victory.

Stewart and Barker will now link up with the NSW squad, which is spearheaded by newly appointed coach Campbell Aitken.
Aitken said selecting his final squad proved a challenging task.

“We’ve put together a really strong squad, we’re [coaching staff] excited about getting stuck into preparations for the season ahead,” he said.

“In saying that, we had to make some tough decisions and leave out some fantastic players who did a great job over the last month of training.

“Through the Jack Scott Cup and the programs run by NSW Rugby we have developed some incredible depth right across the park, which has also seen us have some strong representation at a national level.”

Apart from NSW, Stewart and Barker are also teammates for The Waratahs in the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union competition.

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