2017 Black Ferns (including World Cup)

  • The Black Ferns squad for the three-test June series will be named tomorrow.
    Exciting times ahead for our women's team, first the June series here in NZ and then the World Cup.


  • Black Ferns squad for the June Series (*denotes new player):

    Eloise Blackwell (Auckland)
    Rawinia Everitt (Counties Manukau)
    Kelly Brazier (Bay of Plenty)
    Kendra Cocksedge (Canterbury)
    Fiao'o Faamausili (c) (Auckland)
    Sarah Goss (Manawatu)
    Aldora Itunu (Auckland)
    Linda Itunu (Auckland)
    Lesley Ketu (Bay of Plenty)
    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)


  • @Stargazer
    There are two Kendra Cocksedeges? One a forward obe a back?

  • @booboo said in 2017 Black Ferns (including World Cup):

    There are two Kendra Cocksedeges? One a forward obe a back?

    Haha, well spotted. They have - since my post - corrected the list on the ABs website.
    Would be great to have two Kendra's; best women's player in the world. You can never have too many of those!

  • @Stargazer
    Have to say what little I've seen of women's rugby she is pretty sharp.

  • Black Ferns team to play Canada named

    The Black Ferns team to take on Canada at Westpac Stadium this Friday in their first Test of the International Women’s Rugby Series has been named by Coach Glenn Moore today.

    The team is (number of caps in brackets):

    1 Pip Love (1)
    2 Fiao’o Faamausili - captain (44)
    3 Aleisha Nelson (20)
    4 Eloise Blackwell (24)
    5 Charmaine Smith (8)
    6 Rawinia Everitt (19)
    7 Sarah Goss (2)
    8 Aroha Savage (22)
    9 Kendra Cocksedge (34)
    10 Victoria Subritsky-Nafatali (11)
    11 Renee Wickliffe (24)
    12 Kelly Brazier (29)
    13 Stacey Waaka (3)
    14 Portia Woodman (8)
    15 Selica Winiata (24)

    16 Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (12)
    17 Toka Natua (8)
    18 Aldora Itunu (8)
    19 Linda Itunu (29)
    20 Lesley Ketu (3)
    21 Kristina Sue (4)
    22 Honey Hireme (15)
    23 Theresa Fitzpatrick-

    -Test debut

    Moore said the team was a mix of experienced players, newer faces and players returning from injury.

    Prop Pip Love returns after injury ruled her out of the 2016 season. Stacey Waaka is back in the starting XV after an impressive Black Ferns debut in 2015 at just 20 was stalled by injury last year. Experienced forwards Les Ketu and Linda Itunu are also back after missing selection due to injury in 2016, and utility back and Black Ferns Sevens player Theresa Fitzpatrick will make her debut from the bench.

    Moore said selections had been based on form which had shone through during the team trial last month and preparation in the tough, wet conditions in Wellington this week.

    "Overall it’s a very strong and experienced side. We’ve had some terrible weather to train in but they have continued to work hard and maintain their focus.

    "Everyone is ready to play and we’re hoping for a dry track. The feeling in the camp is buoyant and there’s a level of excitement having everyone back together. Everyone is looking forward to playing and excited the series is in New Zealand.

    The Black Ferns last played Canada during their 2016 end of year tour in the United Kingdom and beat them by 10 points 20-10.

    "I expect the Canadians, who are ranked third in the world, to have a good crack at us up front. They had a good scrum last year and they certainly have some great athletes withstrength, power and pace," Moore said.

    Kick-off for Friday’s international Test match at Westpac Stadium is at 5pm, prior to the Hurricanes v Chiefs Investec Super Rugby match.

    Also LIVE on Sky Sport 1.

  • Full time: Black Ferns 28 - 16 Canada

    Watched the game LIVE at Westpac. Was a good win for the Black Ferns, against a well-defending Canadian outfit. As usual, Kendra Cocksedge was a real stand-out, scoring two tries and kicking well at goal. Cocksedge and Winiata are real pocket rockets; they are much faster than they seem to be on tv. The first half was good to watch; the second half slightly less, when the Ferns had to defend more against a Canadian team that seemed to become better as the game progressed. Stupid high tackle from our no. 10, who got 10 minutes in the bin.

    There was a reasonable crowd for a women's game at a late Friday afternoon. I assume there would have been more people if it had been played in the weekend, especially as a curtain raiser to a SR game.

    Next up is Australia in Christchurch. I fear there won't be much support for them at Rugby Park, as this game is played on a Tuesday and not followed by a men's game.

    By the way, Australia v England ended in a big victory for England (10-53).

  • Black Ferns to play Australia (Tuesday, 12/6/2017 at 2.45pm, Rugby Park, Christchurch - Sky Sport 1 from 3.20pm)

    1. Toka Natua (9)
    2. Fiao’o Faamausili (45)
    3. Aldora Itunu (9)
    4. Eloise Blackwell (25)
    5. Rebecca Wood*
    6. Charmaine Smith (9)
    7. Sarah Goss (3)
    8. Charmaine McMenamin (7)
    9. Kendra Cocksedge (35)
    10. Kelly Brazier (30)
    11. Portia Woodman (9)
    12. Theresa Fitzpatrick (1)
    13. Stacey Waaka (4)
    14. Honey Hireme (16)
    15. Selica Winiata (25)

    16. Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (13)
    17. Sosoli Talawadua (1)
    18. Aleisha Nelson (21)
    19. Lesley Ketu (4)
    20. Linda Itunu (30)
    21. Kristina Sue (5)
    22. Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali (12)
    23. Chelsea Alley (12)


    This will be the first time that the Black Ferns play a test match in the South Island.


  • Wow. A bit lucky but a great try from Winiata after charging down the Aussie kick. That's the second try of the Black Ferns already. First one to Portia Woodman, who caught the Aussie defence sleeping near the side line.

    BFs lead 12-0.

  • 14 minutes played, and Winiata scores her second in the corner. It's quite windy in Chch; Cocksedge can't convert.

    17-0 NZ

  • Awesome run and offload from Hireme and the captain, Fiao’o Faamausili, goes over for the 4th try. Difficult angle for Cocksedge and she misses again.

    22-0 NZ after 21 minutes.

  • Big crowd at Rugby Park. Looks like several Chch schools are there.

  • Try Toka Natua for the BFs' fifth try. Not surprising England had a big win over this Aussie team. They seem to have gone backward since last year. Maybe a lot of new players?

    BFs lead 27-0

  • And still, they may just have scored in the corner....

    The TMO says it's a try!

    It's 27-5 after nearly 30 minutes.

  • The sevens players in this BFs team seem to have made the transition smoothly. They've only been with the squad for a month or so, but they're going very well.

    Great try Cocksedge under the sticks. She converts her own try: 34-5 to NZ after 37 minutes.

  • Hail in Chch! Awful weather.

  • Haha, the ref goes for half time. Think that was a bit early. Teams run off the field.

  • @Stargazer said in 2017 Black Ferns (including World Cup):

    Hail in Chch! Awful weather.

    Haha, a real weather bomb. The match would have kicked off in sunshine and warm weather, now its bordering on freezing and hailing.

    Not looking forward to the bike home from work 🙂

  • @SammyC It seems to be getting worse, too. That won't be a pleasant ride home for you. I remember biking in European winter weather; needed a long hot shower to feel human again afterwards. There may have been hot wine, too. Lots of it, probably.

    I wouldn't be surprised if some of the players (from the Northern parts of the N Island and the Aussies) have never played in these conditions or have even experienced hail before.

  • Woodman goes in for her second.

    39-5 NZ

Log in to reply