A young and exciting rugby league prospect, April Ngatupuna was part of the Queensland Under 19 team that faced New South Wales mid-last season. Can’t wait to relish the opportunity to be part of the inaugural Gold Coast Titans NRLW squad. Born in Tweed Heads, Gray is a marquee signing for the Gold Coast Titans and is excited to represent her home region. A marquee signing for the Gold Coast Titans, the former Warriors captain is a versatile player that can fill a number of positions on the field. Born in Bowen, the Whitsunday Brahmans junior has flourished in the past 18 months, making her NRLW debut for the Warriors in 2020 before coming off the bench for Queensland that same year. Last season was a career high for the prop, playing in the QRLW grand final with the Valleys Diehards and making her Queensland debut in the Women’s State of Origin.
The former Jillaroos captain made her International debut in 2003, winning multiple World Cups in the green and gold as well appearing 16 times for Queensland – her last, winning the 2020 Women’s State of Origin before retiring from representative rugby league. The teen live-wire is lightning fast at just 18-years-old, representing Queensland in the Women’s State of Origin Under 19 clash mid-last year. Away from rugby league, she is a former Veronica White medallist and the 2020 Young New Zealander of the Year. Slipper is set to surpass former teammates Will Genia and Sekope Kepu and join George Smith on 111 Tests for Australia when he runs on. Maclaren and Melbourne City teammates Mathew Leckie and Andrew Nabbout return to the Socceroos fold after opting out of the past two international breaks due to the physical and mental rigours of completing a 14-day hotel quarantine upon returning to Australia. The Queensland touch football representative made her QRLW debut for the Valleys Diehards last year in the halves and is one to watch out for, particularly with her lethal passing game. A wrecking ball from North Queensland, Clark made her NRLW debut with the Warriors in 2020 after impressing for the Prime Minister’s XIII against Fiji.
The powerful forward has been a mainstay with the Warriors’ NRL squad in past years. Playing for the Roosters and Warriors in previous NRLW campaigns, Brown can’t wait to pull on the jersey for her home town. This is the famous dark blue jersey of the Spanish football team in the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands. India might need their away kit for matches against England, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan as they too have blue in their home kit. The away blue uniform has yellow accents. A young and skilful utility, Tiana Raftstrand-Smith made her Origin debut at just 18 years of age last season. It took young Karli Hansen just 90 seconds to score a try in her debut for the Kiwi Ferns in 2020. One of the stars for New Zealand in their last Test match against Samoa, Hansen is one of the most skilful players in the Titans squad and is expected to be one to watch in the halves. The Tweed Seagulls back-rower was part of the Brisbane Broncos NRLW squad in 2020 and dominated in last year’s QRLW season, typically running for over 100 metres per game and defending the house down. A former Queensland Reds and Wallaroos player, Mato transitioned to rugby league in 2020 where she made her NRLW and Queensland Origin debut.
The former Argentina captain and 1986 World Cup winner held up a Lionel Messi shirt before kickoff against Croatia, kissed it and jumped up and down as fans in Nizhny Novgorod sang his name. His former wife, Claudia Villafane, came with Maradona’s daughters Dalma and Gianinna. More success came for Power last season when playing for the North Queensland Gold Stars, making it through to the semi-finals. Australia earned a 27-8 defeat over plucky Argentina in Townsville last Saturday, which came after two wins over world champions South Africa. In Britain, where he is best remembered for his ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in 1986 – an act of brazen cheating followed only minutes later by one of the greatest goals in football history – a minute’s silence took place ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League match on Wednesday night. Young Zara Canfield has had a great opportunity to learn from the best in recent years. His best individual moment might be remembered as the stunning free-kick against Sweden at the 2018 World Cup, which was considered one of the goals of the tournament. Bangladesh on Saturday became the first side to unveil their away jersey for ICC World Cup 2019. Bangladesh’s away kit, which is dominated by red, is in complete contrast with their regular World Cup kit, which only had splashes of red and was mainly green.