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Claire Rowat has been appointed Head Coach of the NT Goannas XV for next month’s history making tour of Singapore.

It will mark the first time a Northern Territory Women’s Representative Team has toured overseas when they play two matches against Singapore.

Claire’s distinguished playing career includes touring Britain with the Black Ferns in 2009, a Player of the Year Award for Wellington in the Women’s NPC in 2007 and a decade of provincial Rugby in New Zealand.

In Darwin last season she was presented with the Naomi Roberts Medal, her second Player of the Year award in succession.

Primarily a development tour it will be the first stage of the Goannas preparation for the 2018 Women’s 15-a-side National Championships.

Claire’s vast experience at elite level Rugby will be a great benefit and an incentive for players to be part of the squad

Training has commenced on Mondays 6.30pm-8.00pm at Rugby Park and are open to all players.

The team will have a trial on the Country of Origin program, Saturday 22nd April.

East Arnhem’s Sean O’Connor has been appointed Assistant Coach.

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