Hunter pair to tour with Wallaroos

by admin on August 24th, 2018

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OUT FOR IMPACT: Sarah Riordan and Alanna Patison are in the Wallaroos squad bound for New Zealand this month. Picture: Marina Neil
Nanjing Night Net

Sarah Riordan feels it has taken her “a little longer than normal” while Alanna Patison’s rise has been meteoric.

Both will be out to make the most of any field time they get when they embark on a three-game tour to New Zealand this month with the Wallaroos.

The tour includes a Test match against the Black Ferns at Eden Park which is part of adouble-header with the Wallabies and All Blacks.

The selection forRiordan, 24, comes seven years after she was first picked in an Australian rugby union squad.

The Hunter women’s captain said it felt “pretty good to finally crack it”.

She credits the past two seasons playing in England’s top-tier league to her national inclusion.

“When I first got in the squad seven years ago it was more about trying to get in and get that jersey,” Riordan said.

“Butsince going overseas, it made me realise I enjoy playing rugby.I didn’t have to have a jersey, I just enjoyed my rugby.

“It was a big relief though to be named and a big surprise; I didn’t think I’d done enough.”

Riordan grew up in Raymond Terrace playing rugby league with her brothers and first played rugby union with Wanderers women when she 16.

She is a Hunter and NSW Country representative and has traditionally been a ball runner.

During her time in England, Riordan was used in several positions and believes her new-found versatility helped secure her national jersey.

“I think that worked well with this selection because the coach has got me down for a few positions, which is a good thing that I’m quite versatile,” Riordan said.

“The level of rugby over there is really good … I worked on parts of my game which I couldn’t really work on here.”

Patison grew up surfing, doing tae kwon do and playing football and this is just her second year of playing rugby.

She represented Australia this year in theWorld University Sevens Championship and is still pinching herself to have been named in the Wallaroos already.

“It’s very exciting,” Patison said.

“It’s my first year of selection and first year in the squad, so I don’t expect a huge amount of time but even just to get a few minutes would be amazing.”

The Wallaroos go into camp on October 15 before heading across the Tasman.

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