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NRLW young guns named for Mate Ma'a Tonga

NRLW young guns Laikha Clarke, Tegan Dymock and China Polata are among the names in the women's Mate Ma'a Tonga squad for the upcoming clash against New Zealand on June 25.

The trio join Parramatta hooker Seli Mailangi and Amelia Mafi as players with NRLW experience in the squad while the team is littered with family connections.

Dymock, who played for the Dragons in the NRLW in April, is the daughter of legendary former Bulldogs and Eels player Jim Dymock.

Jim Dymock will be an assistant coach for the side while his brother Milton Dymock will take on the head coaching role.

Contracted Roosters player Kalosipani Hopoate is also the daughter of John Hopoate and sister to former NRL star Will Hopoate and Raider Albert Hopoate.

Mailangi is also the niece of John and cousin to Kalosipani.

Natasha Penitani is the sister of Jillaroos and NSW Origin star Tiana Penitani, who will play 24 hours earlier for the Sky Blues against Queensland.

The match will be a special occasion for the side ahead of possible inclusion at the 2025 World Cup in France. 

Mate Ma'a Tonga women's squad

  • Laikha Clarke
  • Tegan Dymock
  • Keisharn Hala
  • Elenoa Havea
  • Haylee Hifo
  • Kalosipani Hopoate
  • Bridget Hoy
  • Mary Latu
  • Amelia Mafi
  • Seli Mailangi
  • Shannon Muru
  • Kimberly Nikua
  • Monica Samita
  • Natasha Penitani
  • China Polata
  • Pier Pritchard
  • Erana Reti
  • Luisa Sekona
  • Lavinia Tauhalaliku
  • Ana Taumalolo
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