Black Ferns squad for International Women's Rugby Series named

The Black Ferns squad for June’s International Women’s Rugby Series has been named, and it includes two newcomers.

The Black Ferns take on Canada, Australia and England in the home series in the lead-up to the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland in August.


Black Ferns squad for International Women’s Rugby Series:



Eloise Blackwell - Auckland

Rawinia Everitt - Counties Manukau

Fiao'o Faamausili (c) - Auckland

Sarah Goss - Manawatu

Aldora Itunu - Auckland

Linda Itunu - Auckland

Lesley Ketu - Waikato

Justine Lavea - Counties Manukau

Pip Love - Canterbury

Charmaine McMenamin - Auckland

Toka Natua - Waikato

Aleisha Nelson - Auckland

Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate - Counties Manukau

Aroha Savage - Counties Manukau

Angelene Sisifa - Otago

Charmaine Smith - North Harbour

Sosoli Talawadua - Waikato

Rebecca Wood - North Harbour



Chelsea Alley - Waikato

Kelly Brazier - Bay of Plenty

Kendra Cocksedge - Canterbury

Theresa Fitzpatrick - Auckland

Honey Hireme - Waikato

Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali - Counties Manukau

Kristina Sue - Manawatu

Hazel Tubic - Counties Manukau

Janna Vaughan - Manawatu

Stacey Waaka - Waikato

Renee Wickliffe - Counties Manukau

Selica Winiata - Manawatu

Portia Woodman - Counties Manukau


Coach Glenn Moore said the majority of the players named today were likely to form the Women’s Rugby World Cup squad.

“While the World Cup is the pinnacle event we have three very important home Tests. Players are very excited about it and the home Tests are an opportunity for us to try some of the things against the same opposition we will face at World Cup, without showing too much.”

Rebecca Wood (North Harbour) and Theresa Fitzpatrick (Auckland) have been named in the squad for the first time.

Moore said Fitzpatrick brought huge talent and was able to play at both 12 and 13.

“She’s got some pace and some real skills and attributes around those positions. She’s a strong defender and she thoroughly deserves her selection.”

Moore said he’d been impressed with Wood’s depth of character and resilience as well as her skill.

“Becky is a firefighter and she has a lot of courage. She was someone we had on our radar last year. She’s fairly new to the game, but leading up to this her talent and character really stood out.”

“There’s a lot of character here and a lot of people here with really good work ethic and a desire to do well.

“We have had a vision for how we want to play the game, and for the last couple of years we have been progressively building that. We’re looking to advance year-on-year and I think we’ve made good strides there.”

The wider World Cup training squad includes a further seven players who will continue to train in regional hubs.

The seven players are: Charlene Gubb (Auckland), Jessie Hansen (Christchurch), Carla Hohepa (Waikato), Emma Jensen (Auckland), Aotearoa Mata'u (Counties Manukau), Tyla Nathan-Wong (Auckland), and Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox (Canterbury).


2017 International Women's Rugby Series

Friday, 9 June - Wellington

Black Ferns v Canada, Westpac Stadium

Australia v England, Porirua Park


Tuesday, 13 June - Christchurch

Black Ferns v Australia, Rugby Park

Canada v England, Rugby Park


Saturday, 17 June - Rotorua

Black Ferns v England, Rotorua International Stadium

Australia v Canada, Smallbone Park

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