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Black Ferns team named for Hamilton Test v England

Augusto

allblacks.com     15 Jul 2013     Augusto

The team (* denotes new cap) is:

1. Ruth McKay (14)
2. Fiao’o Faamausili (25) captain
3. Melodie Bosman (15)
4. Jackie Patea (4)
5. Vita Dryden (12)
6. Rawinia Everitt (6)
7. Justine Lavea (21)
8. Casey Robertson (28)
9. Emma Jensen (35)
10. Kelly Brazier (14)
11. Renee Wickliffe (8)
12. Amiria Rule (23)
13. Claire Richardson (18)
14. Selica Winiata (5)
15. Victoria Grant (17)

Reserves:
16. Karina Stowers (16)
17. Kathleen Wilton (9)
18. Stephanie Te Ohaere – Fox (14)
19. Eloise Blackwell (6)
20. Charmaine McMenamin (1)
21. Kendra Cocksedge (15)
22. Portia Woodman (1)
23. Mele Hufanga *

Brian Evans has maintained the bulk of his starting XV that beat England 29 - 10 at Eden Park on Saturday.

Jackie Patea gets a start in the No 4 jersey, with Rawinia Everitt moving from lock to blindside flanker. The seasoned Emma Jensen comes in to start at 9, with Kendra Cocksedge moving the bench. Selica Winiata starts on the wing with Portia Woodman set to make her second cap off the bench.

Auckland’s 18-year-old Mele Hufanga has been named in the 23 and looks set to make her debut off the bench tomorrow night.

Brian Evans said: “I’m really pleased with the way the girls played on Saturday – there were some really good individual performances, but we know England will be hurting and will come at us strong tomorrow night.

“There are a few sore bodies in the squad, but every one of the players has pushed hard for a spot to play.

“Our focus tomorrow night needs to be on getting an advantage early and working on maintaining ball. We know that we have some very good finishers in the side, but we have to have the ball for them to be able to do anything.”

Black Ferns vice-captain and Waikato player, Victoria Grant said the team was loving the home advantage.

“It’s been a long time since we have played at home and it’s amazing for many of us to be able to have our families and friends come out and support.

“I encourage everyone who is a supporter of the black jersey and women’s rugby to get out to Waikato Stadium and cheer us on tomorrow,” she said.

ONLINE RADIO BROADCAST:
The Radio Network and Radio Sport will webstream their radio broadcast of the second Black Ferns Test match tomorrow night.
For details go to www.radiosport.co.nz and click on ‘Listen Live Sports Extra’.