Jil­la­roos greats near farewells

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - RIKKI-LEE ARNOLD

VET­ERAN rugby league play­ers Steph Han­cock and Re­nae Kunst will be given the chance to end their ca­reers on a high af­ter the two Queens­land stars were named in the Jil­la­roos World Cup squad.

Aus­tralian women’s coach Brad Don­ald has un­veiled his 24-woman line-up for the sea­son-end­ing tour­na­ment.

With Han­cock and Kunst set to hang up the boots at year’s end, the World Cup will give them the per­fect chance to farewell league in style.

Six­teen play­ers will make their World Cup de­buts when the event starts next month.

Han­cock (pic­tured) and Kunst are among nine Queenslanders to make the squad, with NSW dom­i­nat­ing with 14 play­ers af­ter claim­ing this year’s in­ter­state chal­lenge.

North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s Meg Ward is the only player to be se­lected from out­side of Queens­land or NSW.

The Jil­la­roos will kick off their World Cup cam­paign against Cook Is­lands on Novem­ber 16 in Syd­ney, with the fi­nals start­ing late next month.

Tick­ets to the women’s World Cup are avail­able from www.rlwc2017.com Jil­la­roos World Cup squad: Kezie Apps, Chelsea Baker, Heather Ballinger, An­nette Bran­der, Brit­tany Breay­ley, Sam Brem­ner, Ali Brig­gin­shaw, Karina Brown, Nakia Dav­isWelsh, Vanessa Fo­li­aki, Steph Han­cock, Is­abelle Kelly, Re­nae Kunst, Cor­ban McGre­gor, Caitlin Mo­ran, Lav­ina O’Mealey, Tale­sha Quinn, Ruan Sims, Mad­die Stud­don, Za­hara Te­mara, Si­maima Ta­ufa, Elianna Wal­ton, Meg Ward, Re­becca Young.

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