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 



  • 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). 
    



  • 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

    1. Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate
    2. Toka Natua (Aldora Itunu)
    3. Aotearoa Mata’u*
    4. Charlene Gubb
    5. Charmaine McMenamin
    6. Kristina Sue*
    7. Kelly Brazier
    8. Janna Vaughan

    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.