Black Ferns named for third Test against England at Pukekohe

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The team (* denotes new cap) is:

1 Kathleen Wilton (10)
2 Fiao’o Fa’amausili (26), capt
3 Stephanie Te Ohaere - Fox (15)
4 Rawinia Everitt (7)
5 Vita Dryden (13)
6 Aroha Savage (8)
7 Charmaine McMenamin (2)
8 Casey Robertson (29)
9 Emma Jensen (36)
10 Kelly Brazier (15)
11 Renee Wickliffe (9)
12 Amiria Rule (24)
13 Claire Richardson (19)
14 Portia Woodman (2)
15 Selica Winiata (6)

16 Karina Stowers (17)
17 Ruth McKay (15)
18 Melodie Bosman (16)
19 Eloise Blackwell (7)
20 Justine Lavea (22)
21 Kendra Cocksedge (16)
22 Chelsea Alley (1)
23 Onjeurlina Leiataua *

Evans has made four changes to the starting XV that won Tuesday night’s seat-popping thriller Test in Hamilton.

Props Kathleen Wilton and Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox both get their first starts in the front row, and Charmaine McMenamin comes in at openside flanker, while Aroha Savage returns to the No. 6 jersey.

The electric backline that sparked the 81st minute match-winning try in Hamilton, has been retained with Renee Wickliffe and Portia Woodman on the wings and Selica Winiata at fullback with vice-captain Victoria Grant unavailable due to injury (hamstring). The formidable midfield combination of Amiria Rule and Claire Richardson has been retained for the third straight Test.

Papatoetoe High School student Onjeurlina Leiataua, 17, is set to make her Black Ferns debut from the bench.

Brian Evans said: “We’re delighted to have taken the Series, but there’s unfinished business and we want to make it a full set. There are still areas of our game we want to improve, in particular our ability to make an impact in the first half.

“There were some outstanding performances from both the starting side and off the bench on Tuesday, and we’ve recognised that with these selections."

Counties Manukau loose forward and last year’s New Zealand Rugby Women’s Rugby player of the year Rawinia Everitt said they loved the loud crowd that got behind them at Waikato Stadium.

“We can’t get wait to get to Pukekohe and play in front of what we hope will be a great home crowd. It’s afternoon footy, so it will be a great day for people of South Auckland to come out and support us.

“Although the Series is in the bag, England have had the better of us too many times in recent years, and we need to make up the deficit. We’re looking forward to a fantastic day at ECOLight Stadium,” she said.