IN CHARGE: Shannon Parry will lead the Wallaroos at this year's women's XV's rugby World Cup.
IN CHARGE: Shannon Parry will lead the Wallaroos at this year's women's XV's rugby World Cup. ARMANDO BABANI

Wallaroos ready to tackle World Cup

NEW Wallaroos captain Shannon Parry says Australia will field its best prepared team ever at the women's XV's rugby World Cup with an upset over the hosts the early goal at the August tournament in Ireland.

Parry, confirmed on Thursday to captain the Wallaroos at her third World Cup campaign, said it is crucial the Wallaroos come out hard and fast in their first outing of the tournament.

The Australia v Ireland match-up is the opening match and also a sell-out with a win critical to the Wallaroos bid for a top four - at worst - result at the tournament.

"It's about going full steam ahead from the get go or before we know it there will be a try," said Parry, one of three sevens players in the Wallaroos.

Parry said the team heading to Ireland is the best prepared in history, with the Australian Rugby Foundation helping fund a recent Test series against women's rugby's big three - England, New Zealand and Canada.

"We also have a week preparation before the game and that's a first," said Parry, a co-captain of the Australian sevens with fellow Wallaroo Sharni Williams.

"You can't question the amount of preparation we have had."

Australia will begin its WRWC 2017 campaign against host nation Ireland on August 9, before tackling France and Japan.

Only the winner of the pool is guaranteed a place in the semi-finals on August 22.

England will enter the tournament with the No. 1 ranking after their defeat of the Black Ferns last month.

New Zealand are ranked second with Canada third. Ireland is ranked fifth and Australia 6th.

The Wallaroos will attend a three day camp in Sydney later this month before travelling to Ireland for final preparations.

News Corp Australia


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