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Black Ferns touring squad for San Diego named

Marc Weakley

allblacks.com     18 Jun 2019     Marc Weakley

Head Coach Glenn Moore has selected a 30-strong squad to travel to San Diego on Saturday evening.

The squad is (Test caps in brackets, new caps *):

FORWARDS
Hookers
Forne Burkin Canterbury*
Luka Connor Bay of Plenty*
Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (23) Counties Manukau

Props
Phillipa Love (7) Canterbury
Toka Natua (16) Waikato
Aleisha-Pearl Nelson (29) Auckland
Leilani Perese (5) Counties Manukau
Olivia Ward-Duin North Harbour*

Locks
Eloise Blackwell (37) Auckland
Karli Faneva Bay of Plenty*
Joanah Ngan-Woo Wellington*
Charmaine Smith (21) Auckland

Loose Forwards
Les Elder (Captain, 13) Bay of Plenty
Charmaine McMenamin (19) Auckland
Marcelle Parkes (2) Wellington
Kennedy Simon Waikato*
Pia Tapsell North Harbour*
BACKS
Halfbacks
Kendra Cocksedge (Co-vice captain, 47) Canterbury
Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu Counties Manukau*

Midfield
Chelsea Alley (18) Waikato
Kelly Brazier (37) Bay of Plenty
Krysten Cottrell (5) Hawke's Bay
Ruahei Demant (2) Auckland
Theresa Fitzpatrick (9) Auckland

Outside Backs
Carla Hohepa (19) Waikato
Ayesha Leti-I’iga (3) Wellington
Natahlia Moors (1) Auckland
Alena Saili (2) Southland
Renee Wickliffe (35) Bay of Plenty
Selica Winiata (Co-vice captain, 36) Manawatu

Moore said Ward-Duin was called in late to the squad to cover for 20-Test cap Aldora Itunu who was recovering from a knee injury.

“Olivia has been part of our wider Black Ferns training squad for the past couple of years so she’s familiar with the high performance environment. This is her opportunity to work hard, learn from those around her, and take her game to the next level.

“We wish Aldora well in her recovery and are hopeful she can be considered for the Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy matches in August.”
Moore said Ward-Duin wouldn’t be alone in the rookie category as his squad included six new caps and Joanah Ngan-Woo (Wellington) and Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu (Counties Manukau) who have been named in previous squads and are yet to make their debut.

“This is a very exciting squad – a real mix of experienced players and younger players ready to make their mark.

“We will be facing four of the top teams in the world in USA, Canada, France and England – it’s going to be fantastic festival of rugby,” he said.

The squad assembles in Auckland tomorrow evening.

Black Ferns 2019 schedule

Women’s Rugby Super Series 2019 in San Diego, USA
Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
Saturday, 29 June
v Canada
Kickoff: 11am (NZT)

Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
Wednesday, 3 July
v USA
Kickoff: 12.15pm (NZT)

Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
Sunday, 7 July
v France
Kickoff: 9.15am (NZT)

Torero Stadium
Monday, 15 July
v England
Kickoff: 8am (NZT)

Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy
Optus Stadium, Perth
Saturday 10 August
v Australia (With All Blacks v Australia)
Kickoff: 7pm (NZT)

Eden Park, Auckland
Saturday 17 August
v Australia (With All Blacks v Australia)
Kickoff: 5pm (NZT)

Broadcasting
All matches will be screened live on SKY Sport.