FORMER Bega Chick and now full contact rugby league starlet Kezie Apps has made the final 18 named in the Australian Jillaroos squad.
She is among six debutantes joining 12 team-mates from the victorious 2013 World Cup-winning Jillaroos team set to meet their Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand, for the first time since the winning the World Cup.
The Jillaroos will play the NZ Kiwi Ferns as a curtain raiser to the NRL’s Four Nations tournament match between the Holden Kangaroos and Samoa at WIN Stadium Wollongong on Sunday, November 9.
The team comprises a number of experienced players including Stephanie Hancock, Ali Briggenshaw, Alex Sulusi, Ruan Sims and Sam Hammond, along with debutantes including NSWRL Women's Player of the Year Apps and Touch Football Australian team member and NSW Touch Football Women's Player of the Year Maddie Studdon.
The team captain to lead the Jillaroos in November will be announced in the coming weeks.
The team will go into camp in Wollongong on November 3.
2014 Jillaroos Squad
- Alex Sulusi (Canley Heights, NSW)
- Ali Brigginshaw (Souths Logan, QLD)
- Annette Brander (Beerwah, QLD)
- Brittany Breayley (North Ipswich, QLD)
- Karina Brown (Burleigh , QLD)
- Deanna Turner (Mackay, QLD)
- Elianna Walton (Canley Heights, NSW)
- Heather Ballinger (Souths Logan, QLD)
- Jenni-Sue Hoepper (Cairns QLD)
- Julie Young (Maitland, NSW)
- Kezie Apps (Helensburgh, NSW)
- Maddison Studdon (Helensburgh, NSW)
- Renae Kunst (Souths Logan, QLD)
- Ruan Sims (Helensburgh, NSW)
- Sam Hammond (Helensburgh, NSW)
- Simaima Taufa-Kautai (Canley Heights)
- Steph Hancock (Souths Logan, QLD)
- Vanessa Folia (Canley Heights)