Black Ferns Development team to face Fiji named

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Fifteen of the 23 named are set to make their international debuts. 

 

The team is (* denotes international debut): 

 

1.

Leilani Perese

Counties Manukau

2.

Luka Connor

Bay of Plenty

3.

Amy Rule*

Canterbury

4.

Kelsie Wills*

Bay of Plenty

5.

Joanah Ngan-Woo

Wellington

6.

Alana Bremner*

Canterbury

7.

Kendra Reynolds*

Bay of Plenty

8.

Joanna Fanene*

Auckland

9.

Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu (Captain) 

Counties Manukau

10.

Hazel Tubic

Counties Manukau

11.

Martha Lolohea*

Canterbury

12.

Lauren Balsillie*

Manawatu

13.

Grace Brooker

Canterbury

14.

Natahlia Moors

Auckland

15.

Olivia McGoverne*

Canterbury

     

16.

Saphire Abraham*

Auckland

17.

Eilis Doyle*

Otago

18.

Angel Mulu*

Bay of Plenty

19.

Chelsea Bremner*

Canterbury

20.

Pia Tapsell

North Harbour

21.

Melanie Puckett*

Canterbury

22.

Rosie Kelly*

Otago

23.

Amanda Rasch*

Wellington

Maxwell said the squad had assembled on Wednesday evening and had quickly come together as a unit.

 

“This is an exciting bunch of talented young players who have had stood out in the Farah Palmer Cup this season. This is their opportunity to take the next step in their playing career. 



"The players have connected really well as a team and we can’t wait to get out there on Monday.”



It is the first time a Black Ferns Development XV side has taken part in the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship which includes Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Australia A.

 

The Black Ferns and Australia have qualified for 2021 Rugby World Cup and will play in pool matches only.



All matches will be screened live on SKY Sport 1.

 

2019 Oceania Rugby Women’s Rugby Championship

 

Monday, 18 November
11am Samoa v Papua New Guinea
1.30pm Australia A v Tonga
4pm Black Ferns v Fiji



Thursday 21 November

11am Tonga v Papua New Guinea
1.30pm Black Ferns v Australia A
4pm Samoa v Fiji



Tuesday 26 November
11am Black Ferns v Papua New Guinea

 

Editors note:

 

Hawke’s Bay’s Krysten Cottrell was replaced due to injury by Otago’s Rosie Kelly.

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