Black Ferns named to play England

Black Ferns team to face England 1566172002

The team is (number of caps in brackets):
1. Toka Natua (19)
2. Te Kura Ngata-Arerengemate (27)
3. Aleisha-Pearl Nelson (32)
4. Eloise Blackwell (Vice captain, 40)
5. Charmaine Smith (24)
6. Pia Tapsell (3)
7. Les Elder (Captain, 15)
8. Charmaine McMenamin (21)
9. Kendra Cocksedge (Vice captain, 50)
10. Ruahei Demant (8)
11. Ayesha Leti-I'iga (6)
12. Chelsea Alley (21)
13. Carla Hohepa (21)
14. Renee Wickliffe (38)
15. Kelly Brazier (39)

16. Luka Connor (2)
17. Phillipa Love (10)
18. Leilani Perese (8)
19. Joanah Ngan-Woo (1)
20. Marcelle Parkes (4)
21. Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu (3)
22. Theresa Fitzpatrick (10)
23. Alena Saili (4)

Other changes to the side who lost to France (25-16) last Sunday (7 July NZT), include moving Kelly Brazier to fullback from second five, with Chelsea Alley starting in the number 12 jersey. Marcelle Parkes, Theresa Fitzpatrick and Joanah Ngan-Woo were named in the reserves.

Moore said the changes were relatively minor and that Brazier provided lots of experience in what would be her 40th Test in the black jersey.

"We want to get Kelly injected into the game, she brings good direction on the field and an excellent kicking boot."

Moore said he was delighted with Parkes' performance against France in what was her first match starting in the number 7 spot.

"For a young player who had only come off the bench a couple of times, she played particularly well. Les will bring back experience, and leadership on the field, and she'll be backed up by Marcelle in the reserves."

The Black Ferns had a bye on Wednesday when USA won their match against Canada (20-18), and England pipped France (20-18) at the post in the dying minutes of their match.

Moore said the extra recovery and preparation time enabled his side to reflect, analyse and plan for their last match of the series against England - a team they last faced in the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup Final.

"We're looking forward to getting out there this weekend. Overall it was tough out there the other day against France, but we can't make any excuses. We didn't play well enough to win. We welcome the seven-day turnaround between this game after playing three games in eight days."

Black Ferns 2019 schedule
Women's Rugby Super Series 2019
Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
Saturday, 29 June
v Canada
Result: Black Ferns 35-20 Canada


Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
Wednesday, 3 July
v USA
Result: Black Ferns 33-0 USA

Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
Sunday, 7 July
v France
Result: Black Ferns 16-25 France

San Diego State University’s 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 broadcast live in New Zealand on SKY Sport 1.
Black Ferns team to face England 1566172002

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