2016 Black Ferns



  • The NZRU have just confirmed the dates of two trans-Tasman games in October and a 3-game end-of-year tour to Europe for the Black Ferns. These games are important as preparation for the 2017 women's RWC.
     
    One of the trans-Tasman games (22 October) will be the curtain raiser for the All Blacks' third Bledisloe Cup match. The Auckland women's NPC team will also play a match against the Australian women on 18 October.
     
    New Zealand Black Ferns 2016 Match Schedule (kick off times TBC)
     
    Home Series
    Saturday, 22 October New Zealand Black Ferns v Australian Wallaroos, Eden Park, Auckland
    Wednesday, 26 October New Zealand Black Ferns v Australian Wallaroos, QBE Stadium, North Shore
    End of Year Tour
    Saturday, 19 November New Zealand Black Ferns v England, The Stoop Twickenham, London
    Wednesday, 23 November New Zealand Black Ferns v Canada, Doonybrook Stadium, Dublin
    Sunday, 27 November New Zealand Black Ferns v Ireland, The Bowl, UND, Dublin 
    http://www.allblacks.com/News/29317/black-ferns-2016-schedule-announced



  • Good to see one of the games is a curtain raiser to a Bledisloe match. That will hopefully get a good crowd and media coverage.



  • Good to see one of the games is a curtain raiser to a Bledisloe match. That will hopefully get a good crowd and media coverage.

    I agree. Was also wondering whether they haven't tried to do the same with one of the matches of the EOYT, considering both the All Blacks and Maori All Blacks are there in the same month. The Maori ABs play at Twickenham on November 16th, so only a few days earlier. That would have been a great opportunity. Or the All Blacks game in Dublin on November 19th. It's a pity there isn't a "double" in November, but of course, you need the cooperation of the other unions involved, as well.



  • It could be a scheduling/logistical issue regarding the EOYT. I think there were games already booked between the other 3 nations prior to this announcement.



  • Black Ferns squad to face Australian Wallaroos named

    Backs
    Chelsea Alley (Midfield back) North Harbour
    Kelly Brazier (First five eighth) Otago
    Kendra Cocksedge (Halfback) Canterbury
    Honey Hireme (Outside back) Waikato
    Carla Hohepa (Outside back) Waikato
    Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali (First five eighth) Counties Manukau
    Kristina Sue (Halfback) Manawatu
    Hazel Tubic (Fullback) Counties Manukau
    Janna Vaughan (Outside back) Manawatu
    Renee Wickliffe (Midfield back) Counties Manukau
    Selica Winiata (Outside back) Manawatu
    Portia Woodman (Outside back) Counties Manukau
    Forwards
    Eloise Blackwell (Lock) Auckland
    Rawinia Everitt (Loose forward) u Counties Manuka
    Fiao'o Fa'amausili (Hooker) Auckland
    Sarah Goss (Loose Forward) Bay of Plenty
    Charlene Gubb (Lock) Auckland
    Aldora Itunu (Prop) Auckland
    Pip Love (Prop) Canterbury
    Aotearoa Matau (Prop) Counties Manukau
    Charmaine McMenamin (Loose forward) Auckland
    Toka Natua (Prop) Waikato
    Aleisha Nelson (Prop) Auckland
    Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (Hooker) Counties Manukau
    Aroha Savage (Loose forward) Counties Manukau
    Angie Sisifa (Loose forward) Otago
    Charmaine Smith (Lock) North Harbour
    Sharnita Woodman (Loose forward) Counties Manukau

    Justine Lavea, Linda Itunu, Lesley Ketu and Stacey Waaka were unavailable for selection due to injury.

    New Zealand Black Ferns 2016 Match Schedule

    Home Series
    Saturday, 22 October, 5.05pm
    Black Ferns v Australian Wallaroos, Eden Park, Auckland

    Wednesday, 26 October, 2.30pm
    Black Ferns v Australian Wallaroos, QBE Stadium, North Shore

    End of Year Tour
    Saturday, 19 November (time TBC)
    Black Ferns v England, The Stoop Twickenham, London

    Wednesday, 23 November, (time TBC)
    Black Ferns v Canada, Doonybrook Stadium, Dublin

    Sunday, 27 November, (time TBC)
    Black Ferns v Ireland, The Bowl, UND, Dublin

    Olympic Games silver medallists Kelly Brazier, Sarah Goss and Portia Woodman were included in the squad along with Black Ferns Sevens players Honey Hireme, Hazel Tubic, Janna Vaughan, Selica Winiata and Carla Hohepa (returning from injury). 
    

    http://www.allblacks.com/News/29955/black-ferns-squad-to-face-australian-wallaroos-named



  • Gee only 4 players from the SI and none from Welly?



  • @Bones said in 2016 Black Ferns:

    Gee only 4 players from the SI and none from Welly?

    Yes, especially, if you consider that Canterbury and Wellington reached the semi-finals of the NPC. They have gone with a lot of incumbents and only a few newbies, but it's surprising to see that Kat Whata-Simpkins and Sanita Levave (Wellington) and Tara Horsnell and Steph Te Ohaere-Fox (Canterbury) aren't in the squad (to name a few).

    Still a very strong squad though. It will be interesting to see how they go. The English women's team is now fully professional, so should have a huge advantage. Maybe that won't yet be noticeable during the November internationals, but it might be at the World Cup next year.



  • @Stargazer Yeah I saw that announcement recently, got quite a bit of coverage on the beeb. Odd as I thought they already were - so maybe were only semi. Is it the US team that's professional?



  • @Bones said in 2016 Black Ferns:

    @Stargazer Yeah I saw that announcement recently, got quite a bit of coverage on the beeb. Odd as I thought they already were - so maybe were only semi. Is it the US team that's professional?

    Not sure. It may also be that their Premiership teams are professional and that the National team wasn't, but I don't really know about that.



  • The Aussie women (Wallaroos) played a warm-up match against Auckland Storm (Auckland's women's NPC team) this afternoon. The Wallaroos beat Storm 21-19. Considering the Aucklanders will have been without their 6 Black Ferns (all forwards), this is a good result for the Storm.



  • Good news; it looks like both Black Ferns games against the Wallaroos will be televised. Glad that Sky finally seems to be taking our women's team seriously, although the proof of that will have to come from broadcasting the games in England & Ireland. I hope the games will also be televised in Oz.



  • Black Ferns team for the first test v Aussie: (new caps denoted by * )

    1. Pip Love
    2. Fiao’o Fa’amausili (c)
    3. Aleisha Nelson
    4. Eloise Blackwell
    5. Charmaine Smith
    6. Rawinia Everitt
    7. Sarah Goss
    8. Aroha Savage
    9. Kendra Cocksedge
    10. Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali
    11. Renee Wickliffe
    12. Chelsea Alley
    13. Portia Woodman
    14. Honey Hireme
    15. Selica Winiata

    Reserves
    16. Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate
    17. Toka Natua (Aldora Itunu)
    18. Aotearoa Mata’u*
    19. Charlene Gubb
    20. Charmaine McMenamin
    21. Kristina Sue*
    22. Kelly Brazier
    23. Janna Vaughan

    http://www.allblacks.com/News/29993/black-ferns-team-named-for-season-opening-test-against-australia

    Strong looking team, even with a few newbies in the squad. That backline looks deadly!



  • Savage-Cocksedge. What a brilliant 8-9 combo.



  • Good to see Portia in there. Here's hoping she has a big game



  • Good preview of the game



  • Aussie side:

    1. Sarah Riordan
    2. Cobie-Jane Morgan
    3. Nareta Marsters
    4. Hanna Sio
    5. Shontelle Stowers
    6. Ashleigh Hewson (c)
    7. Iliseva Batibasaga
    8. Liz Patu
    9. Vesinia Schaaf-Tatufa
    10. Millie Gray
    11. Chloe Butler
    12. Alisha Hewett
    13. Hana Ngaha
    14. Ivy Kaleta
    15. Louise Burrows

    Reserves: Alanna Patison, Emily Robinson, Danielle Meskell, Grace Hamilton, Kirby Sefo, Ariana Kaiwai, Katrina Barker, Cheyenne Campbell



  • First Black Ferns try within 4 minutes!



  • That was a great second try. Chelsea Alley over for the Ferns.



  • Too easy! Try no. 3. Cocksedge scores after a quick tap, 5m from the Wallaroos line.

    It's 21-3 to the Black Ferns after 20 minutes.



  • Geez, these Aussie girls are terrible.

    Winiata over: 26-3 to the Black Ferns after 25 min.



  • And another one, by Eloise Blackwell. Aussies have one player in the bin.

    Funny how the the Black Ferns had a huge number of players in the line-out, including two backs.



  • @Stargazer said in 2016 Black Ferns:

    Funny how the the Black Ferns had a huge number of players in the line-out, including two backs.

    And those backs couldn't stop laughing when they went to the front of the lineout. An obvious set move.

    Really impressed with the workrate of both locks and the captain Fa'amausili.



  • It must be hard for the Wallaroos to prepare for the World Cup next year if they don't have a women's equivalent of the NRC (or our NPC), their players are recruited straight from club rugby and the Aussie 7s and - if I understand it correctly - they don't have a tour to Europe.

    The Black Ferns haven't played since the June 2015 Super Series, but the Wallaroos not since the last World Cup in 2014.



  • @Bovidae said in 2016 Black Ferns:

    @Stargazer said in 2016 Black Ferns:

    Funny how the the Black Ferns had a huge number of players in the line-out, including two backs.

    And those backs couldn't stop laughing when they went to the front of the lineout. An obvious set move.

    Really impressed with the workrate of both locks and the captain Fa'amausili.

    She has a huge engine. Unbelievable that she's 36!



  • Honey Bill!



  • Full time: Black Ferns win 67 to 3



  • Man, they were scoring at will in that second half.



  • 67-3!!

    That was some classy running rugby from the girls. Wallaroos had nothing.



  • These games against the Aussies are good as warm-up games but they don't really say much about where the Ferns are internationally. It will be interesting to see how they will do on their tour when they play Ireland (current World Champs) and England (professionals).



  • Really entertaining to watch. Some real physicality from both sides.

    The BFs handling was pretty damn good and some very impressive performances.

    Hopefully the game on Wednesday will also be televised here in Aus.



  • Precursor to the upcoming thrashing, no doubt



  • A couple of the those Kiwi girls were huge.



  • @taniwharugby said in 2016 Black Ferns:

    A couple of the those Kiwi girls were huge.

    Including our 1st 5. But she has real skills and passes well both ways.



  • Black Ferns: 1: Toka Natua 2: Fiao’o Faamausili (c) 3: Aleisha Nelson 4: Eloise Blackwell 5: Charmaine Smith 6: Charmaine McMenamin 7: Sarah Goss 8: Aroha Savage 9: Kendra Cocksedge 10: Kelly Brazier 11: Renee Wickliffe 12: Chelsea Alley/Janna Vaughan 13: Portia Woodman 14: Honey Hireme 15: Selica Winiata

    Reserves: 16: Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate 17: Aldora Itunu 18: Aotearoa Mata’u 19: Charlene Gubb 20: Angie Sisifa 21: Kristina Sue 22: Carla Hohepa 23: Hazel Tubic

    Wallaroos: 1. Louise Burrows 2. Alanna Patison 3. Hanna Ngaha 4. Alisha Hewett 5. Chloe Butler 6. Grace Hamilton 7. Ariana Kaiwai 8. Mollie Gray 9. Iliseva Batibasaga 10. Ash Hewson 11. Madeline Putz 12. Sarah Riordan 13. Katrina Barker 14. Cobie-Jane Morgan 15. Chloe LeaupepE

    Reserves: 16. Ivy Kaleta 17. Emily Robinson 18. Danielle Meskell 19. Michelle Bailey 20. Liz Patu 21. Kirby Sefo 22. Nareta Marsters 23. Cheyenne Campbell

    Black Ferns 2016 Match Schedule

    Home Series
    Saturday, 22 October, 5.05pm
    Black Ferns v Australian Wallaroos, Eden Park, Auckland
    Result: Black Ferns 67-3 Australia

    Wednesday, 26 October, 2.30pm
    Black Ferns v Australian Wallaroos, QBE Stadium, North Shore
    Wednesday's match will be broadcast live on SKY Sport 1.



  • Wow, didn't hear what she was saying but the Aussie 14 has just been sent off with yellow for faul mouthing the ref. The ref also warned the captain that if it happened again the card would have "another colour".

    Sarah Goss scored the first try after 4 and half minutes: 7-0 Black Ferns



  • Half time: Black Ferns leading 17 to 3. Tries to Goss, Natua and Hireme.

    Wallaroos are much stronger today; especially halfway the first half they were attacking well. But the Ferns' defence was strong and in the end, the Wallaroos got nothing more than their 5th minute penalty goal for their efforts.

    Hopefully, the Wallaroos can continue playing like this in the second half, because this game is much better to watch than that massacre on Saturday.



  • NZ captain sent to the bin for going off her feet (not for the 1st time). Chance for the Wallaroos to maybe score some points, but NZ defence is really strong, with all players doing their bit. Woodman is a beast in the midfield.



  • Finished up 29-3, so a good comeback by OZ from Saturday.





  • No Sarah Goss. Some of the other contracted 7s players are in the squad, so 7s commitments can't be the reason.
    Also the big no. 10, Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali, is missing and instead a less experienced first-five has been named.
    Media release doesn't say anything about injuries.


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