Australia
Uncapped Chloe Butler headlines Wallaroos squad
ESPN Staff
May 30, 2014

Chloe Butler is in line to make her Test debut for Australia having swapped the Lingerie Football League for rugby.

Butler and the Australian women's team, the Wallaroos, have been in Sydney preparing to play New Zealand and Canada in a tri-nations tournament ahead of the Women's World Cup to be played in Paris in August.

Butler is one of 15 uncapped players in the 26-women squad, and head coach Paul Verrell is excited about the preparation.

"The Wallaroos have never had such an extensive preparation for a World Cup in terms of matches, satellite training and training camps," Verrell said. "We expect a very tough contest from New Zealand and Canada, and the entire squad will be working hard to take as much from this tournament as possible."

The Wallaroos play New Zealand in Rotorua on June 1 and Canada in Tauranga five days later. They will play France, Wales and South Africa in their pool at the 2014 World Cup in Paris.

New Zealand, meanwhile, also play home Tests against Samoa and Canada (twice) in the space of 14 days as they pursue a fifth successive World Cup title.

Boasting 12 players who were part of the 2010 triumph in England, and seven members of the world champion New Zealand Sevens squad, coach Brian Evans says the side has made strides since losing five games to England and drawing one in 2011 and 2012.

"That hurt like hell," he said of that poor run of form. "Afterwards, it was months of thinking in your head of what you could've done better. Out of those dark times comes the light. It was reinvigorating."

New Zealand beat England 3-0 at home last year, and Evans wants to see further progress in June.

"We will try to do different things for a couple of games. We've not been in this position before a World Cup. I don't think any New Zealand team would take games lightly but there's an opportunity [to experiment] and I think we should take it."

Wallaroos: Hayley Barclay, Tricia Brown, Louise Burrows, Chloe Butler, Cheyenne Campbell, Rebecca Clough, Dalena Dennison, Mollie Gray, Natasha Haines, Alisha Hewett, Ashleigh Hewson, Ashley Marsters, Nita Maynard, Danielle Meskell, Michelle Milward, Tui Ormsby, Liz Patu, Brooke Saunders, Oneata Schwalger, Hanna Sio, Rebecca Smyth, Alexandra Sulusi, Kenina Terita, Caroline Vakalahi, Madeline Putz, Margaret Watson.

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