Former White Fern cricketer joins Wellington Pride

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The Old Boys University fullback played for the White Ferns as an all-rounder, after making her debut over the summer of 2015/16. She played domestically for the Canterbury Magicians and Wellington. In just her second outing for the Old Boys University Impalas, Newton scored 46 points, picking up six tries and slotting eight conversions. Newton will be one to watch in 2019. 

Head coach Ross Bond and his two assistants Brendan Reidy and Aaron Jones have named an extended 36-strong squad. There are a number of players who have not been named in the squad because they are currently unavailable, however, they could still feature in the Farah Palmer Cup this year.

Wellington, who won the Championship last year and have been promoted to the Premiership in 2019, will be without Black Ferns flanker Marcelle Parkes who recently had shoulder surgery. Dhys Faleafaga won’t feature due to Black Ferns Sevens commitments and Isadora Laupola, Acacia Te Iwi Mate and Black Fern Monica Tagoai are also all unavailable through injury. 

The Pride have gained Maki Takano from Japan, Emily Dalley from Christchurch, Alice Soper from England and Lyric Faleafaga and Kolora Lomani from the Sevens programme. 

The squad includes three current Black Ferns, with lock Joanah Ngan-Woo, winger Ayesha Leti-I’iga and second rower Jackie Patea-Fereti all featuring throughout the Black Ferns Test season this year. 

Amanda Rasch is back again this season, after breaking several records last year. The inside back scored 43 points in one game, against Taranaki and nabbed 118 points in the season, making her the competitions highest points scorer in 2018. 
Wellington have two fixtures at Westpac Stadium this year, as part of Double Headers with the Lions. It will be the first time the Pride have played at the stadium. 

2018 Farah Palmer Cup result: 
Championship winners

2019 Farah Palmer Cup fixtures: 
Week 1: Canterbury v Wellington, Sat 31 August 12.05pm – Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch (DH)
Week 2: Wellington v Bay of Plenty, Sat 7 September 1pm – Jerry Collins Stadium, Porirua
Week 3: Wellington v Counties Manukau, Sun 15 September 11.35am – Westpac Stadium, Wellington (DH)
Week 4: Auckland v Wellington, Sun 22 September 11.35am – Eden Park, Auckland (DH)
Week 5: Wellington v Waikato, Sat 28 September 2.35pm – Westpac Stadium, Wellington (DH)
Week 6: Wellington BYE
Week 7: Manawatu v Wellington, Sat 12 October TBC – Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North (DH)
DH – Double Header with Mitre 10 Cup fixture 

2019 Wellington Pride squad: 
Rosie Stirling, Sieteri Tabua, Ana-Maria Afuie, Jane Bryce, Kelsey MacDonald, Maki, Lyric Faleafaga, Nina Foaese, Sanita Levave, Kolora Lomani, Te Amohaere Ngata-Aerengamate, Emily Dalley, Montana Heslop, Emma Hopoi, Losaline Hopoi, Thamsyn Newton, Sauimoana (Moana) Solia, Ayesha Leti-I'iga, Raylene Lolo, Fa'asua Makisi, Joanah Ngan-Woo, Alicia Print, Amanda Rasch, Bernadette Robertson, Sinead Ryder-Toala, Janet Taumoli, Barbra Taumoli, Rejieli Uluinayau, Mamele Kupa-Cummings, Precious Auimatagi, Sieni Mose-Samau, Jackie Patea-Fereti, Mary-Lee Sa'u, Elieta Taito, Angelica Uila, Alice Soper


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