For several advocates, they might have listened to Arabella McKenzie’s name for the very first time throughout the Rugby World Cup in 2014. She debuted for her nation back in 2019 yet it’s reasonable to claim she blew up onto our displays in the opening weekend break of the World Cup in October as the Wallaroos went 17-0 up versus the Black Ferns after 28 minutes.
The creature master at fly-half, McKenzie led the Australian strike from kick-off and also the New Zealand gamers and also Eden Park group hardly understood what struck them.
Fast ahead to completion of the event and also McKenzie was boarding an airplane from Sydney to London Heathrow after penciling an offer for Harlequins Women.
The step transpired after she messaged the club on Instagram after being in discussions with an additional Premier 15s attire. But the Harlequins design of play and also background convinced her to head to southwest London.
The shift from environment-friendly and also gold to the popular quarters has actually seen the 23-year-old proceed to bloom at 10 and also 12, making various breaks to open protections along with racking up a thrilling shot in her very first suit at The Stoop versus Saracens last December.
“In Australia you play fast, attacking rugby whereas here you tend to look for territory and then go into set piece,” stated the energy back. “Harlequins’ style has the element of unstructured rugby which I really love and was a drawing point when I was looking at teams to potentially be a part of. The Quins way and throwing the ball round sold me but they still have that structure and set piece.
“Moving over in November with Kaity (Leany) was really fun and now Chance (Emily Chancellor) is here too our little Wallaroos/Waratahs trio is complete.”
? Our Wallaroo triad is full!? #COYQ
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