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Knights’ quartet named in Jillaroos’ World Cup squad


Four Newcastle Knights’ stars have been rewarded for their efforts in 2022 after gaining selection in the Jillaroos’ World Cup squad.

Inspirational co-captain Millie Boyle, second-rower Yasmin Clydsdale, prop Caitlan Johnston and fullback Tamika Upton were named by the Australian Rugby League Commission, ahead of the event in England.

The quartet played a major role in the Hunter club’s historic premiership victory over the Parramatta Eels, 32-12, at the weekend.

Newcastle Knights fullback Tamika Upton, who won the Karyn Murphy Medal on Sunday. Photo:

For Windale Eagles junior Johnston, Scone school teacher Clydsdale and Karyn Murphy Medallist Upton, they’ll make their debuts for the “green and gold” at the tournament.

Another five players – Kezie Apps, Sammy Bremner, Ali Brigginshaw, Isabelle Kelly and Simaima Taufa – were members of the 2017 World Cup-winning outfit.

The Jillaroos will head into camp in two weeks’ time before venturing to the UK in late October.

The Women’s Rugby League World Cup kicks off on 2 November, with Australia facing the Cook Islands, France and New Zealand in its round games at LNER Community Stadium in York.

Coach Brad Donald said it was a tough process to come up with the final squad.

“We had to make some difficult decisions in selecting this team, but we have faith every player selected will do our country proud,” he stated.

“We have a strong squad with some greats of the game with plenty of experience as well as some exciting new faces who have been in impressive form this year.

“We can’t wait to travel to England as we look to retain the World Cup trophy.”

Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys AM congratulated the players on their worthy selection into the squad.

“The growth of the women’s game in Australia and across the sport has been clear in recent years,” he added.

“And, this will be highlighted at the Rugby League World Cup.

“The standard of the NRLW competition has been exceptional.

“So, I’m looking forward to seeing so much of the talent we have seen in Australia replicated on the international stage.”

Meanwhile, City of Newcastle will host a civic reception in celebration of the Knights’ maiden title at City Hall, King Street, from 5pm on Tuesday 4 October.

Australia Jillaroos squad

  • Tarryn Aiken (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Kezie Apps, co-captain (St George-Illawarra Dragons)
  • Millie Boyle (Newcastle Knights)
  • Samantha Bremner, co-captain (Sydney Roosters)
  • Ali Brigginshaw, co-captain (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Lauren Brown (Gold Coast Titans)
  • Jaime Chapman (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Kennedy Cherrington (Parramatta Eels)
  • Shenae Ciesiolka (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Yasmin Clydsdale (Newcastle Knights)
  • Keeley Davis (St George-Illawarra Dragons)
  • Taliah Fuimaono (St George-Illawarra Dragons)
  • Tallisha Harden (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Caitlan Johnston (Newcastle Knights)
  • Keilee Joseph (Sydney Roosters)
  • Isabelle Kelly (Sydney Roosters)
  • Olivia Kernick (Sydney Roosters)
  • Shannon Mato (Gold Coast Titans)
  • Evania Pelite (Gold Coast Titans)
  • Julia Robinson (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Jessica Sergis (Sydney Roosters)
  • Simaima Taufa (Parramatta Eels)
  • Tamika Upton (Newcastle Knights)
  • Holli Wheeler (St George Illawarra Dragons)

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