Heather Ballinger and Stephanie Hancock at the Queensland training camp before the interstate game.
Heather Ballinger and Stephanie Hancock at the Queensland training camp before the interstate game. Kylie Cox

Killarney player to line up for the All Stars in Newcastle

RUGBY LEAGUE: Stephanie Hancock will play for the World All Stars women against the Indigenous All Stars at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle tomorrow.

Hancock captained Australia in 2015 but missed the international against New Zealand last year due to injury.

She is back playing and has the chance to play in her fourth World Cup at the end of this year.

Hancock, who is originally from Killarney and former Warwick students Jo Barrett and Heather Ballinger played in the winning Australian Jillaroos team in the 2013 World Cup.

Barrett retired after the cup win. Since 2011, Hancock and Ballinger have been the Australian front row and Ballinger hopes that will again be the case later this year.

Ballinger is out of the all-stars game with a fractured eye socket but will be back playing at the end of March and aiming to be in the Test team for the May game against New Zealand in Canberra.

As well as Test and World Cup hopes, Hancock and Ballinger have some unfinished business.

They want the Maroons to regain the Nellie Doherty Cup from New South Wales. The Blues won the cup for the first time last year after 17 successive Queensland victories.



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