Injury disrupts Black Ferns World Cup preparations

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Rule will be replaced by Auckland first five-eighth Anna Richards, the most capped New Zealand women’s rugby player with 44 caps.

Coach Brian Evans said: “Amiria is understandably very disappointed and we all feel for her, as we know how hard she has worked to get to her third World Cup.

“We are lucky enough to have someone of Anna’s experience step up, for what will be her fourth Women’s Rugby World Cup,” he added.

The Black Ferns will depart to England for the IRB Women’s World Cup on Friday 13 August.

All of the Black Ferns pool games plus the semifinals and final will be broadcast live on SKY Sports Rugby Channel (037).

Black Ferns pool games (all times and dates local)

New Zealand v South Africa, 20 August, 4.15pm, Surrey
New Zealand v Australia, 24 August, 4.15pm, Surrey
New Zealand v Wales, 28 August, 2.00pm, Surrey

Semifinals – 1 September
Final – 5 September