Emily Chancellor in Laos with ChildFund Pass It Back programme

Chancellor targets Wallaroos history against Japan

Australia international Emily Chancellor was inspired by a trip to Laos as an ambassador for the ChildFund Pass It Back programme earlier this year, but now has her sights set firmly on creating history with the Wallaroos in their series with Japan.

Australia back-row Emily Chancellor has urged her Wallaroos team-mates to create history when they take on Japan in a two-test series this month.

Newcastle will host the opening match on Saturday and represents the Wallaroos’ first step on the road to Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand.

Head coach Dwayne Nestor has picked a new-look squad for the first test, with nine of the 23 players selected in line to make their debuts.

Chancellor’s own international bow only arrived last August but she was named Wallaroos Player of the Year at the end of 2018 and says the influx of young talent has brought a “different energy” to the squad.

http://www.worldrugby.org/photos/435278

And she is confident that the positivity around the camp can be harnessed to help them achieve something that no other Australian team ever has.

“We want to win a series on home soil,” Chancellor said. “No Wallaroos team has done that before and we don’t shy away from our ambition to be successful.

Building something special

“This group has come together really, really well. It’s been good having so many young debutants too. It’s brought a different energy from 2018 and a different approach to things.”

The Wallaroos’ only test involvement since Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland was the two-test series defeat to New Zealand last year, in which Chancellor made her debut.

With just over two years to go until the next tournament, the 27-year-old is well aware that Australia’s 2019 international programme – which again includes two games against the Black Ferns – will be pivotal for the squad’s development.

“It’s crucial! We need as many tests as possible to ensure that we are building well for the World Cup,” Chancellor said.

“I believe we are building something really special here at the moment and have a good vision in place from Rugby Australia. For us, as players, it’s all about continuing to work with the coaches to make sure we’re growing as players.”

Chancellor is certainly someone who has improved through hard work. She was made to wait for her chance at test level, having been part of Wallaroos squad previously without earning match-day selection, but grabbed her opportunity with both hands when it arrived.

Game changer

http://www.worldrugby.org/photos/399683

She will line up in the number seven jersey in Newcastle but having been “truly humbled” to be acknowledged for her performances in the gold jersey in 2018, she does not take her status for granted.

“I certainly feel like a welcomed member of the squad but the competition for spots in this team is really strong, so no one is resting on their laurels,” Chancellor said. “It’s a good problem to have because we all want to really be here but know there are really good players outside the squad knocking on the door.”

On the domestic front, Chancellor has picked up where she left off in 2018 by helping NSW Waratahs to a second successive Super W title, having been forced to watch on injured 12 months previously. And she is in no doubt about the impact the competition has had on the Wallaroos.

“Pardon the pun, but it’s a game changer!” she said. “In Australia the competition amongst our domestic sports is fierce. Super W has created a good fan product and a great player pathway for the Wallaroos.

“It’s also meant we’re playing more elite games and getting better as we make the step up from club rugby.”

Away from the pitch, Chancellor has become an ambassador for ChildFund Pass It Back, the programme which is supported by World Rugby and aims to help children from developing communities in Asia to learn essential life skills.

An amazing experience

“I have actually been talking to them for quite a while and wanting to get involved in some capacity and then last year they contacted me saying an opportunity had come up for me to go to Laos with the ChildFund Australia group,” Chancellor explained.

“I just love the work they do and to be able to connect with communities and the kids through rugby in the ChildFund Pass it Back programme is an absolute honour.”

http://www.worldrugby.org/photos/435281

Chancellor is clearly passionate about her involvement with the programme and travelled to Laos with Wallabies legend and World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee Stephen Larkham (pictured left) earlier this year to get a better understanding of some of the work being done.

“It was an amazing experience and one that I won’t forget,” she said.

“We got to experience a country so different to Australia and help engage with the children in communities through the ChildFund Pass it Back programme, playing rugby with boys and girls wearing no shoes or in skirts on some of the most creative rugby fields.

“Steve is such a caring guy too, it was great to get to know him.”

For more information on the ChildFund Pass it Back programme, visit www.childfundpassitback.org.

Photos: ChildFund

Leidy Soto - Colombia
Women's Feature News Women in Rugby
‘Unstoppable’ Soto ready for next challenge
As Colombia prepares to tackle Brazil in an historic test match in Medellín on Sunday, Leidy Soto – one of the Unstoppables in World Rugby's #TryAndStopUs campaign – is in the thick of things.
WRWC17 A view of the USA team huddle 13/8/2017
Media release Women's News Tournament News Women in Rugby
World Rugby announces gender neutral naming for Rugby World Cup tournaments
World Rugby has announced that its flagship 15s and sevens Rugby World Cup properties will no longer include gender in their titles.
Namaka Public School GIR Plus girls with participants of the Oceania Rugby women in leadership participants
Women's Feature News Women in Rugby
Oceania holds inaugural Women's Leadership Workshop
The inaugural Oceania Women's Rugby Leadership Workshop took place in Fiji last week, attended by coaches, medical officials, development manager and women in leadership roles.
Annelies Acda - Women's Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient
Women's Feature News Women in Rugby
Annelies Acda: “I’m using this opportunity as a learning curve”
One of the World Rugby Women's Executive Leadership Scholarship recipients in 2019, Annelies Acda is determined to seize this opportunity to help improve her leadership skills in order to promote rugby, its core values and its ability to tackle a range of social issues in the Netherlands.
Kenya v Uganda - Rugby Africa Women's World Cup
World rankings Women's News Tournament News Women in Rugby
Kenya reach historic high in rankings
Despite missing out on automatic qualification for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021, Kenya can console themselves with a new all-time high position in the World Rugby Women’s Rankings.
Rugby Africa Women's Cup 2019: South Africa v Kenya - CREDIT: Gallo Images
Media release Women's News Tournament News Women in Rugby
South Africa qualify for Women's Rugby World Cup 2021
South Africa are the first regional qualifiers for Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 after beating Kenya to win the Rugby Africa Women's Cup which doubled as the qualification pathway.
Australia v New Zealand
World rankings Women's Feature News Tournament News Women in Rugby
Black Ferns go for Moore of the same
New Zealand coach Glenn Moore sticks with a winning formula as his side look to wrap up a 2-0 series win over Australia and cement their place at the top of the World Rugby Women's Rankings.
Stacey Waaka - New Zealand
Women's Feature News Women in Rugby
Stacey Waaka: “I believe everything happens for a reason”
One of the ‘Unstoppables’ in World Rugby’s new campaign to promote women in rugby, Black Ferns star Stacey Waaka is one of a select few to have won Rugby World Cups in sevens and 15s but she may never have had the opportunity to write her name into the history books after being involved in a serious bus crash aged 15.
Danielle Waterman with Italy squad
Sevens Men's Feature News Women in Rugby
Danielle Waterman: "Take any opportunity with both hands"
An unexpected opportunity to coach the Italy men's open sevens side at the World Police and Fire Games in China this week has only reaffirmed Women's Rugby World Cup winner Danielle Waterman's belief that gender isn't what matters in a coach, it's being confident and working hard that earns a team's respect.
Rugby Africa Women's Cup 2019: South Africa v Madagascar
Women's News Tournament News Women in Rugby
South Africa and Kenya set up title decider
South Africa and Kenya will meet in a winner-takes-all title decider in the Rugby Africa Women's Cup 2019 on Saturday with the victors qualifying for Women's Rugby World Cup 2021.