3 Nov 2022
What are the teams for Papua New Guinea v Brazil women at the Rugby League World Cup?
The Orchids are looking to build on their first-ever win against newbies the Amazonas
By Jack Lacey-Hatton
Papua New Guinea have rotated their team as they look to take a step closer to the semi-finals of the women’s tournament against Brazil in Hull on Saturday.
The Orchids, who impressed when beating Canada 34-12 in Leeds on Tuesday, bring in Carol Humeu and Shirley Joe into the matchday squad of 19.
Emily Veivers and Shellie Long drop out of the team with Ben Jeffries’ side looking to stay in touch with England at the top of Group A before a meeting with the hosts next week.
Meanwhile, Brazil coach Paul Grundy brings in Natalia Jonck for her international debut, while Tati Fernandes and Barbara Leal drop out of the 19-player squad that lost to England.
The newcomers to the women’s tournament will now have their sights set on a maiden win at the finals, having come through a difficult opener against one of the favourites to lift the trophy, going down 72-4.
Maria Graf will not captain the Amazonas after losing her appeal against a one-match ban but Natalia Momberg, who scored their first ever World Cup try at Headingley, is included.
Papua New Guinea: 1 Tara Moxon, 2 Anika Butler, 3 Belinda Gwasamun, 5 Shae-Yvonne De La Cruz, 6 Sera Koroi, 7 Lilah Malabag, 8 Elsie Albert (captain), 9 Therese Aiton, 10 Gloria Kaupa, 12 Essay Banu, 13 Jessikah Reeves, 14 Ua Ravua, 16 Michelle John, 17 Martha Molowia, 18 Veronica Waula, 19 Talitha Kunjil, 21 Carol Humeu, 22 Shirley Joe.
Brazil: 8 Franciny Amaral, 18 Natalia Momberg, 15 Franciele Barros, 14 Giovanna Barth, 9 Patricia Bodeman, 10 Paula Casemiro, 1 Adriana Felix, 23 Natalia Jonck, 17 Ana Loschi de Quadroa, 3 Leticia Medeiros, 6 Giovanna Moura, 11 Patricia Oliveira, 16 Brena Prioste, 22 Edna Santini, 20 Pamella Silva, 4 Daniele Soares, 21 Ellen Trindade, 12 Amanda Welter
This clash is uncharted territory for both, as this is the first international meeting between Brazil and Papua New Guinea.
Captain Maria Graf and Tati Fernandes, who is not included in the 19-strong squad for the Orchids, played in Brazil's first ever international against Argentina back in 2018.
Papua New Guinea record
Papua New Guinea’s win over Canada in the first round of group games was the Orchids' maiden win at the Rugby League World Cup, at the fourth attempt.
The Orchids did compete at the 2017 tournament but were beaten in all three games.
This is Brazil’s first ever tournament finals and their opening defeat to England was only the third match in their history.
Prior to Tuesday they had a 48-0 win against Argentina and suffered defeat to France in a Rugby League World Cup warm-up match in their only previous international fixtures.
Player to watch
- Brazil's Franciny Amaral scored in the warm-up defeat to France and is certainly one to watch in attack.
- Papua New Guinea’s Martha Molowia produced an excellent display in the win against Canada scoring two superb tries. Her father Tuksy Karu played for the Kumuls in the early 1990s making them the first father-daughter pairing to both represent Papua New Guinea on the international stage.
The Rugby League World Cup promises to be the biggest, best and most inclusive event in the sport’s 127-year history with men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams competing in 61 games across 21 venues throughout England. Tickets are available via rlwc2021.com/tickets