Shanahan gets world cup call-up
MEGAN Shanahan has added another achievement to her already impressive list of sporting feats.
The former Yamba resident has secured a spot in the Australian women’s rugby team after consistent performances for NSW Country.
Known as the Wallaroos, the Australian team will contest the 2010 Rugby World Cup in England in August.
Shanahan, who also excels in both cricket and squash, took up the 15-a-side game in 2004 while studying at Newcastle University.
“I played mostly cricket at school and wasn’t really allowed to play rugby,” Shanahan said.
“I decided to give it a go in my first year of Uni. I thought it would be a good way to meet people.
“I didn’t really take much interest of rugby or league at school, it was always cricket but now I enjoy the game.”
Imposing performances for her local club the Orange Emus in the Central West competition was enough to see the rangy backrower selected to represent NSW Country at the Australian Championships in Canberra in June.
Shanahan, who now teaches at Dubbo Senior College Campus, was considered a bolter for the Wallaroos and joins four other NSW players in the squad.
The NSW Country side, known as the Corellas, performed above all expectations at the Australian Championships finishing third.
“We weren’t expected to go that well but coming third was a bonus. We actually beat ACT who were the tournament favourites,” Shanahan said.
There’s no denying rugby is a physical game but for Shanahan the most appealing aspect of the game is being among the action.
“Besides the mateship I love the physical component ... it’s a lot of fun,” she said.