Tiana Penitani Set To Play For Australia In Third Code

Tiana Penitani Set To Play For Australia In Third Code

To be named in an Australian squad is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for most professional athletes. But as far as Tiana Penitani is concerned, a three-peat is where it’s at.

While the 23-year-old has already worn the green and gold jersey for both Aus Tag and the Rugby 7s, she’s about to rep her country a third time around at the World Cup 9s event at Bankwest Stadium this weekend.

It’s a huge career milestone for Tiana, who describes her selection in the Jillaroos as “very humbling.”

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“It’s pretty special. It doesn’t matter really which sport it is, to be able to pull on the green and gold in this code is a significant achievement,” she said in an interview with NSWRL.com.au.

“I feel really privileged to be able to play alongside these girls – especially this year. I think 2019 has been a really tough competition. To be considered in the same bracket as the girls that I’m playing with on the weekend is very humbling.”

After wrapping up a short season with the Dragons, Tiana is looking forward to the change.

“I haven’t trained for this kind of game for quite some time now, so it will definitely be a test for the legs and the lungs,” she says. “It is more up my alley – a little bit more room to move – so I am really looking forward to that. I can’t wait to get out there with the girls.”

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