Two of Wagga’s brightest talents are set to shine on the biggest stage touch football was to offer - the Youth Touch World Cup in Malaysia.
Vienna Randal and Rhiannon Podmore made the cut for the Australian under 20s mixed touch football side back in June and have been hard at work preparing for their greatest challenge yet.
“It’ll be my first time playing for Australia,” Randal said.
“We’ve had training camps in Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast all leading up to it … and now we’re leaving on Sunday.
“It’s been pretty hectic.”
Former Australia under 18s mixed representative Podmore joins the side after a stint with the Newcastle Knights in the inaugural NRL touch premiership and is excited to don the green and gold for just the second time in her career.
“We (Newcastle) played so badly in our last game and missed out on the final,” Podmore said.
“But there’s a few NRL touch players in the women’s touch football side coming with us to Malaysia, which is good.”
The duo are facing up to 11 40-minute games during the World Cup but are confident of finding success.
“We should go alright, I think,” Randal said.
“But New Zealand will be good and South Africa too, so it should be a good contest.”
Podmore will also captain the side throughout their World Cup campaign.
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