Nelson Bay’s rising star Maya Stewart has been named in the Australia A women’s squad being touted as the next generation of the Wallaroos, which is set to play in the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship from November 18.
Stewart and the young Wallaroos squad will face international squads like Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, and a dominant New Zealand Black Ferns development squad in the Oceanic tournament.
Stewart was a member of the Wallaroos extended training squad earlier this year, and won the Super W competition with NSW in the 2019 season.
She also starred for NSW Country in the Chikarovski Cup, the University of New England in the University 7s Championship, and played a key roll in the undefeated Waratahs storming to a back-to-back Newcastle and Hunter Rugby championship.
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The young star admitted she “wasn’t sure what was left” in the representative calendar after missing out on the mid-year Wallaroos tests, but said she was excited to find out she could continue her rep career in 2019 with the development team.
“Part of it is  World Cup development and getting us more international experience,” Stewart told the Herald. “It will be good learning from a few of the girls who have been there before.”
The Australia As will begin the tournament in Pool B alongside hosts Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. The Black Ferns headline Pool A alongside Samoa and Tonga.
The young Wallaroos will begin the Oceanic tournament against Tonga at 12.30pm on Monday, November 18. The team will also face the Ferns (12.30pm on Friday, November 22) and Samoa (12.30pm on Tuesday, November 26).