2019 Black Ferns

  • The list of 2019 contracted Black Ferns players has been published (* denotes first-time contracts):

    Eloise Blackwell (Auckland)
    Luka Connor * (Bay of Plenty)
    Lesley Elder (Bay of Plenty)
    Karli Faneva * (Bay of Plenty)
    Aldora Itunu (Auckland)
    Phillipa Love (Canterbury)
    Charmaine McMenamin (Auckland)
    Toka Natua (Waikato)
    Aleisha Nelson (Auckland)
    Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (Counties Manukau)
    Marcelle Parkes (Wellington)
    Jackie Patea-Fereti (Wellington)
    Leilani Perese (Counties Manukau)
    Charmaine Smith (Auckland)
    Harono Te Iringa (Counties Manukau)
    Cristo Tofa (North Harbour)

    Chelsea Alley (Waikato)
    Grace Brooker (Canterbury)
    Kendra Cocksedge (Canterbury)
    Krysten Cottrell (Hawke's Bay)
    Ruahei Demant (Auckland)
    Dhys Faleafaga (Wellington)
    Ayesha Leti-I’iga (Wellington)
    Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu * (Counties Manukau)
    Kilisitina Moata'ane (Otago)
    Natahlia Moors * (Auckland)
    Monica Tagoai (Wellington)
    Renee Wickliffe (Bay of Plenty)
    Selica Winiata (Manawatu)

    Black Ferns Head Coach Glenn Moore said he and the selectors believed balancing new and experienced players was crucial for creating greater depth in the Black Ferns squad.
    “We’re confident we have the mix right. We’re in the fortunate position of being able to draw on the experience and skill of seasoned players like Kendra Cocksedge, Selica Winiata and Eloise Blackwell and pair them with new talent, like Luka Connor and Karli Faneva.
    Moore said all four of the newly contracted players impressed selectors with not only their performances in the Farah Palmer Cup last year, but also their determination to keep striving and improving outside of the provincial competition.
    He said the contracted players have plenty of motivation going into their local club season too as they weren’t necessarily guaranteed a spot in the 2019 Black Ferns squad and the coveted black jersey.
    “We have several Black Ferns training camps coming up in the next few months and we’ll be bringing in extra players from the wider training squad. That’s when we’ll get a better idea of how everyone is tracking.”
    The contracted players will be part of the newly developed programmes for women in the Provincial Unions.
    Confirmation of the full 2019 Black Ferns international programme is expected in the coming weeks and the first Black Ferns training camp of the year is set for 9 and 10 March in Palmerston North. 

    2019 Test matches (more to be announced):

    Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy

    • Sat 10 August: Wallaroos v Black Ferns (Perth)
    • Sat 17 August: Black Ferns v Wallaroos (Auckland)
      (both tests are double headers with Bledisloe Cup matches)

  • That's great, the Women's Super Series is back! The five highest ranked nations playing each other. Add the Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy tests against Australia in August, and the Black Ferns will play at least 6 tests this year.

  • Bay of Plenty’s Les Elder has been named as captain for a new look 2019 Black Ferns squad featuring 10 uncapped players.
    Elder (13), a specialist number 7, made her debut in the black jersey in 2015 and was part of the 2017 World Cup winning squad. Kendra Cocksedge (47) and Selica Winiata (36) have been named as co-vice captains. 
    Moore has included seven new forwards and three backs. Three of the uncapped players have been named in previous squads but are yet to have their start in the black jersey. 
    The seven new caps are: Karli Faneva (Bay of Plenty), Luka Connor (Bay of Plenty), Forne Burkin (Canterbury), Kennedy Simon (Waikato), Harono Te Iringa (Counties Manukau), Grace Brooker (Canterbury) and Pia Tapsell (North Harbour). 
    Joanah Ngan-Woo (Wellington), Kilisitina Moata-ana (Otago) and Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu (Counties Manukau) have all been named in the squad previously and haven't had their debut.

    The Black Ferns squad is (Test caps in brackets, new caps in bold).

    Eloise Blackwell (37) Auckland
    Forne Burkin Canterbury
    Luka Connor Bay of Plenty

    Les Elder (Captain, 13) Bay of Plenty
    Karli Faneva Bay of Plenty
    Aldora Itunu (20) Auckland
    Phillipa Love (7) Canterbury
    Charmaine McMenamin (19) Auckland
    Toka Natua (16) Waikato
    Aleisha-Pearl Nelson (29) Auckland
    Joanah Ngan Woo Wellington
    Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (23) Counties Manukau
    Marcelle Parkes (2) Wellington
    Leilani Perese (5) Counties Manukau
    Kennedy Simon Waikato
    Charmaine Smith (21) Auckland
    Pia Tapsell North Harbour
    Harono Te Iringa Counties Manukau

    Cristo Tofa Auckland

    Chelsea Alley (18) Waikato
    Kelly Brazier (37) Bay of Plenty
    Grace Brooker Canterbury
    Kendra Cocksedge (Co-Vice Captain, 47) Canterbury
    Krysten Cottrell (5) Hawke's Bay
    Kiritapu Demant (2) Bay of Plenty
    Ruahei Demant (5) Auckland
    Theresa Fitzpatrick (9) Auckland
    Carla Hohepa (19) Waikato
    Ayesha Leti-Iinga (3) Wellington
    Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu Counties Manukau
    Kilisitina Moata'ane Otago

    Natahlia Moors (1) Auckland
    Alena Saili (2) Southland
    Renee Wickliffe (35) Bay of Plenty
    Selica Winiata (Co-Vice Captain, 36) Manawatu

    *Not considered due to injury: Monica Tagoai (Wellington) and Jackie Patea-Fereti (Wellington).

    Moore and his selectors have included three Black Ferns Sevens players, in Kelly Brazier, Theresa Fitzpatrick and Alena Saili after they made themselves available for consideration with the support of their Sevens coaches. 
    He said all three players had all previously been part of the Black Ferns 15s programme and were keen to continue to be included if, and when, circumstances allowed.
    “We know the priority for the Black Ferns Sevens is the Tokyo Olympics and the players’ welfare is always our top concern. These players are part of our squad and have the blessing of their sevens coaches to join us. We’re thrilled to have them on board.”

    Black Ferns 2019 schedule

    Women’s Rugby Super Series 2019 in San Diego, USA
    Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center

    Saturday, 29 June
    v Canada
    Kickoff: 11am (NZT)
    Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center

    Wednesday, 3 July
    v USA
    Kickoff: 12.15pm (NZT)
    Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center

    Sunday, 7 July
    v France
    Kickoff: 12.15pm (NZT)
    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)

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