POWER: Gladstone's Chelsea Baker cannot wait for Friday night's Test Match against the Kiwis.
POWER: Gladstone's Chelsea Baker cannot wait for Friday night's Test Match against the Kiwis. Supplied

Testing time for Baker and House in rugby league Test Match

GLADSTONE star duo Chelsea Baker and Kody House will again be on the national stage and prime-time TV for the Jillaroos' Test Match against New Zealand Ferns at the Hunter Stadium in Newcastle from 5.20pm on Friday.

And Baker said she feels "beyond excitement" ahead of her debut test match.

"The nerves are kicking in and it's definitely going to be a hard-hitting game," Baker said.

The Aussies enter the match as firm favourites on the back of last year's triumph and home pitch advantage.

Baker and House have been in Newcastle for a week and Baker added that preparations have been spot on to get ready for a physical onslaught from the Ferns.

"Training has been twice a day most days and we started the week off with contact drills so we know what to expect," Baker said.

"The Kiwis know how to hit, but we should be advantaged with our fitness and speed."

Baker will play on a wing - a position she enjoys.

"It's a position where I can run," Baker said.

A foot injury during the Reconciliation Carnival in Easter could impact House.

House revealed that she has a hairline fracture on her foot, but has been able to train and run.

However further damage could prevent her from representative duties later in the year and that is why she has been named as the 18th man.

"If someone gets injured in the warm-up is the only chance that I could play," a circumspect House said.

"I'm not too fazed because there is a lot coming in the next 18 months and want to get my foot right for that."

Jillaroo coach Steve Folkes said to wear out the Kiwis will go a long way to a positive result.

"They'll be big and tough and it will be a very hard game," Folkes said.

"Hopefully we can run them around and stop their forwards.

"We need to keep the ball for long periods and we endeavour to do all of that."

Folkes added that the time-slot is a huge boost to women's sport and will further put women's rugby league on the map.

Although House is doubtful to play, she is still part of six debutants in tonight's match which include Baker, Libby Cook-Black, Caitlin Moran, Corban McGregor and Allana Ferguson.

AUSTRALIAN JILLAROOS

Australia: 1 Samantha Bremner, 2 Chelsea Baker, 3 Corban McGregor, 4 Annette Brander, 5 Karina Brown, 6 Allana Ferguson, 7 Maddie Studdon, 8 Simaima Taufa, 9 Brittany Breayley, 10 Heather Ballinger, 11 Kezie Apps,12 Vanessa Foliaki, 13 Ruan Sims (c). Reserves: 14 Libby Cook-Black, 15 Kody House, 6 Casey Karklis,17 Emma Young,18 Caitlyn Moran.Time: 5.20pm on Channel Nine



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