Black Ferns Development XV to play Papua New Guinea named

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The team is:

 

1.

Eilis Doyle

Otago

2.

Saphire Abraham

Auckland

3.

Leilani Perese

Counties Manukau

4.

Chelsea Bremner

Canterbury

5.

Joanah Ngan-Woo

Wellington

6.

Alana Bremner

Canterbury

7.

Kennedy Simon

Waikato

8.

Pia Tapsell

North Harbour

9.

Melanie Puckett

Canterbury

10.

Amanda Rasch

Wellington

11.

Natahlia Moors

Auckland

12.

Martha Lolohea

Canterbury

13.

Kilisitina Moata'ane 

Otago 

14.

Langi Veainu

Counties Manukau

15.

Grace Brooker (Captain)

 

Canterbury

16.

Luka Connor

Bay of Plenty

17.

Angel Mulu

Bay of Plenty

18.

Amy Rule

Canterbury

19.

Ilisapeta Molia

Counties Manukau

20.

Kendra Reynolds

Bay of Plenty

21.

Rosie Kelly

Otago

22.

Hazel Tubic

Counties Manukau

23.

Lauren Balsillie

Manawatu

 

 

Grace Brooker will captain the side at fullback, with usual skipper and Counties Manukau halfback Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu being rested.

 

Canterbury's Melanie Puckett will start at number 9 pairing with Wellington's Amanda Rasch at number 10 - who has also made the move from reserves.



Auckland's Saphire Abraham was named as hooker, alongside Eilis Doyle from Otago at loosehead prop, and both have made the starting 15 for the first time after impressing off the reserves bench.  



The development side has two wins from two matches beating Fiji in their opening match 53-0, and Australia A 50-0 last week.

 

Maxwell said he felt his side’s defence had ratcheted up a notch against Australia A.

 

“I was particularly proud of our defensive effort in the last quarter. Australia had us on our goal line, continually attacking, but we managed to make sure they came away with no points.

 

“We will be looking to repeat that level of play against Paupa New Guinea. So far this tour we’ve seen some outstanding talent emerge. Some of them have played a full 80 minutes in really hot conditions. They have stepped up and stood out.

 

“This week our plan is to give some of the players who have had fewer minutes more game time and the opportunity to show us what they can do. We’ve recovered well in a short space of time and we’re ready to finish this tournament the same way we started.” he said.



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
Black Ferns 53 v Fiji 0

 

Friday 22 November
Black Ferns 50 v Australia A 0



Tuesday 26 November
1.30pm Black Ferns v Papua New Guinea

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