Campbelltown Harlequin prepared to represent Australian Wallaroos

Mahalia Murphy has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top in rugby union.

Murphy, 25, said she only started playing "a couple of years ago", but she has gone on to represent her country.

The Campbelltown Harlequins fullback is set to play for Australia again after being picked in the Wallaroos women's squad for this Saturday afternoon's Test match against Japan in Newcastle.

The Buildcorp Wallaroos have spent the past few days in a training camp and Murphy told the Advertiser she was "pumped" for the opportunity.

"The [final] team hasn't been announced yet, but it's very exciting," she said.

"I played two Tests against New Zealand last year and it would definitely be an honour to play for Australia again.

"You never know when your last opportunity will come."

Murphy is a relative latecomer to the sport.

She came from an athletics background and only joined a rugby union team a few years ago.

"My sister was playing and two girls didn't turn up one day so I filled in on the wing," Murphy said.

Murphy fell in love with the game and her rugby union journey included joining the Campbelltown Harlequins.

She has spent the past two seasons at the Harlequins and Murphy said she hoped to inspire other young girls to represent Australia.

"It's been pretty surreal, I went straight from playing for my club to playing for Australia," she said.

"But it shows the chances are there. It's really exciting for kids getting involved in the sport at a young age."