Black Ferns team named for final pool match against USA

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The team is:

1 Ruth Mckay
2 Fiao’o Fa’amausili, captain
3 Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox
4 Eloise Blackwell
5 Rawinia Everitt
6 Linda Itunu
7 Justine Lavea
8 Casey Robertson
9 Emma Jensen
10 Kelly Brazier
11 Renee Wickliffe
12 Amiria Rule
13 Huriana Manuel
14 Claire Richardson
15 Selica Winiata

16 Kathleen Wilton
17 Aleisha Nelson
18 Sanita Levave
19 Aroha Savage
20 Kendra Cocksedge
21 Honey Hireme
22 Shakira Baker

Black Ferns Coach Brian Evans said they resisted making too many changes for such a big match.

Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox comes back into the starting front row with Aleisha Nelson to come off the bench. Evans has tweaked his second row and loose forward combinations with Rawinia Everitt moving from the blindside to the second row, Linda Itunu moving to the blindside while Justine Lavea will start at openside flanker.

Claire Richardson gets her first start for the tournament putting power runner Honey Hireme on the bench, while Renee Wickliffe shifts to the opposite wing.

"We have selected the team we believe is the best for this game recognising that the bench players have been making some excellent contributions. Justine (Lavea) adds some accuracy while Claire (Richardson) is world class and put in a good performance off the bench so they warrant selection to starting 15," Evans said.

Disappointed after their 14-17 loss to Ireland, Evans said the team’s next task was clear.

“It’s pretty clear now what we have to do. We have to win the next game, it’s as simple as that. And that’s a good thing - it couldn’t be any clearer for us. We’re alive in the competition, we’re still a chance so the players have re-grouped really well today. They know what they need to do now and that’s to go out and win the game and I think for themselves, to play really, really well.

“I think for the players want to play well now, they know they have let themselves are down a little bit. As much as the Irish played well, there were things that we didn’t do particularly well, so really we want to see some real passion and resilience and a top performance from them,” Evans said.

New Zealand 79-5 Kazakhstan

New Zealand 14 - 17 Ireland

BLACK FERNS #WRWC2014 pool play...

(please note matches will be LIVE scored on where available)

Friday 1 August, 1pm (11pm NZT)
NZ v Kazakhstan 79-5
NZ Broadcast: LIVE 10.50pm SKY Sport 1
Replay 2 August, 12pm Rugby Channel

Tuesday 5 August, 6pm (4am NZT Wedneday 6 August)
NZ v Ireland 14-17
NZ Broadcast: LIVE 3.50am 6 August, SKY Sport 1
Replay 6am 6 August, SKY Sport 2

Saturday 9 August, 6pm (4am NZT Sunday 9 August)
NZ Broadcast: LIVE 3.50am 10 August, SKY Sport 1, 
Replay 6am 10 August, SKY Sport 3