Match Details: Black Ferns v France, Saturday 13 November, 3.00pm local time (3.00am Sunday NZT) Stade de Hameau, Pau
SUPER SEVENS BACKLINE
Kelly Brazier is back from an Achilles injury and adds a wealth of experience to an already stacked backline of Sevens players. She joins Portia Woodman, Stacey Fluhler and Chey Robins-Reti, who were three stand out player’s last weekend. Brazier comes in for Grace Brooker whose season ended abruptly after suffering a serious knee injury and undergoing surgery in Northampton. With 40 Tests under her belt, Brazier will provide a calm head and having not played the XVs game since 2019 she’ll be determined to get back into the groove ahead of next year’s World Cup.
REDEMPTION OVER FRANCE
France have proven to be a bit of a bogey team for the Black Ferns in recent times. They’ve lost their last two Tests against them, in San Diego and Grenoble respectively. However, those two victories are the only times France have ever beaten the Black Ferns. France have made nine changes to their side that defeated South Africa last weekend, leaving plenty of firepower on the bench in Jessy Tremouliere and Safi N’Diaye.
COACHES KEEP THE FAITH
Coach Glenn Moore has only made three changes to the starting line-up for this weekend’s clash in Pau. Brazier returns from injury, Dhys Faleafaga comes in at blindside flanker and young lock Maia Roos is promoted from the bench. Canterbury hooker Georgia Ponsonby is in-line for her Test debut off the pine, while veteran lock Eloise Blackwell comes back into the match-day 23. Moore said the squad is still developing as a whole on this tour and that last week’s score line was disappointing. He said there were passages of play that they were happy with and they just need to play like that for longer periods.
TEAMS (* indicates debut)
1. Phillipa Love 2. Grace Houpapa-Barrett 3. Aleisha-Pearl Nelson 4. Joanah Ngan-Woo 5. Maiakawanakaulani Roos 6. Dhys Faleafaga 7. Les Elder © 8. Liana Mikaele-Tu’u 9. Kendra Cocksedge 10. Ruahei Demant 11. Ayesha Leti-I’iga 12. Kelly Brazier 13. Stacey Fluhler 14. Portia Woodman 15. Chey Robins-Reti
16. Georgia Ponsonby* 17. Aldora Itunu 18. Amy Rule 19. Eloise Blackwell 20. Kennedy Simon 21. Ariana Bayler 22. Patricia Maliepo 23. Carla Hohepa
1. Coco Lindelauf 2. Agathe Sochat 3. Annaellë Deshayes 4. Céline Ferer 5. Audrey Forlani 6. Gaëlle Hermet 7. Romane Ménager 8. Emeline Gros 9. Pauline Bourdon 10. Caroline Drouin 11. Caroline Boujard 12. Gabrielle Vernier 13. Maëlle Filopon 14. Cryielle Banet 15. Émilie Boulard
Reserves: 16. Laura Touye 17. Yllana Brosseau 18. Clara Joyeux 19. Safi N’Diaye 20. Axelle Berthoumieu 21. Laure Sansus 22. Chloé Jacquet 23. Jessy Tremouliere