Dwyer target to secure berth in World Cup squad

Ali Brigginshaw and Natalie Dwyer (L).
Ali Brigginshaw and Natalie Dwyer (L). Claudia Baxter

QUEENSLAND'S Springfield-based hooker Natalie Dwyer heads into what may well be her final interstate clash this weekend.

Dwyer hopes to end her career in the sport at the World Cup in the UK later this year.

She is in the Australian World Cup squad, alongside fellow Ipswich products Ali Brigginshaw and Karen Murphy.

But it is a proud Queensland record the 40-year-old is focused on this week.

Queensland takes on NSW at Davies Park at noon Sunday, with their unbeaten run stretching back 15 years.

The Queensland squad went into camp today to prepare for the match.

"Funnily enough, we've never had the same combinations, year-in, year-out," Dwyer said.

"The team is always different."

It has never seemed to have bothered them too much, however.

"We haven't been beaten in 14 years and I've seen their side," the number nine said.

"There's a couple of girls we don't know about but I'm quietly confident we've got their measure.

"I'd like to think our side is quite strong across the park.

"We might be able to put a couple more points on them this year. It's a good blend of youth an experience."

One unexpected change this year in the Queensland team is Ripley-based Brigginshaw's move from centre to five-eighth.

Regular Queensland and Australia five-eight Erin Elliot is absent for work reasons, giving Brigginshaw her Queensland debut in her favoured number six jersey.

Dwyer sees the positives with Brigginshaw chosen alongside her Souths Logan clubmate Karen Murphy at halfback.

Dwyer is determined to be part of the World Cup in July and is therefore keen to make Saturday's final selection trial a strong performance.

"My name is in the squad but you don't want to rest on your laurels," Dwyer said.

"You always want to go out and do your best."

The sight of NSW jerseys on Queensland soil should ensure it.

As for the World Cup - the Australian women have had a setback with coach Graham Murray suffering a heart attack last month.

Whether Murray gets back to coach them remains to be seen but Dwyer has no illusions how hard it will be to go out with the ultimate success - a World Cup triumph.

"We'd like to think that's a possibility," she said.

"But the Kiwis are very strong."

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