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.

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