2019 Black Ferns



  • Demant lucky not to be sent off there, after striking the opposition player with her arm.



  • Ha, last minute and an English player goes to the bin. Scrum close to the English try line.



  • C'mon, inflict more pain!



  • Unluckky, very close.

    Very good win from the Black Ferns. Well-deserved!

    FT: New Zealand 28 - 13 England

    The Black Ferns win the Super Series and stay on top in the world rankings!



  • Good win.

    Tapsell has a huge future.









  • Wallaroos team to take on the Black Ferns (Sat 10 August 2019; 7.00pm NZT; 5pm AEST; 3pm local time)

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  • Black Ferns to play the Wallaroos:

    1 Toka Natua (20)
    2 Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (28)
    3 Aleisha-Pearl Nelson (33)
    4 Eloise Blackwell (41)
    5 Charmaine Smith (25)
    6 Pia Tapsell (4)
    7 Les Elder (Captain, 16)
    8 Charmaine McMenamin (22)
    9 Kendra Cocksedge (Vice captain, 51)
    10 Ruahei Demant (9)
    11 Ayesha Leti-I'iga (7)
    12 Chelsea Alley (22)
    13 Carla Hohepa (22)
    14 Renee Wickliffe (39)
    15 Selica Winiata (Vice captain, 38)

    16 Forne Burkin (1)
    17 Leilani Perese (9)
    18 Olivia Ward-Duin*
    19 Joanah Ngan-Woo (2)
    20 Kennedy Simon (2)
    21 Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu (4)
    22 Krysten Cottrell (6)
    23 Kilisitina Moata'ane*

    North Harbour prop Olivia Ward-Duin and Otago midfielder Kilisitina Moata’ane are set to make their Test debut from the reserves at Optus Stadium.
    
    It’s a case of third time lucky for Moata’ane. She has been tantalising close to donning the black jersey twice before, only to suffer a late injury and be ruled out.
    
    The Black Ferns have had a two-week break since the San Diego series in the lead-up to the series against Australia. Moore said the players had recovered well and were excited to be back training together.
    
    “The Laurie O’Reilly is the equivalent of the Bledisloe Cup for us so it means a lot. We don’t see ourselves as defending it. We need to win it again. The players are all working hard to challenge selection and represent their country.
    
    “There’s a lot of anticipation around these double headers with the All Blacks and it will be special to play in Perth’s new stadium. It’s a sell out and we expect there’ll be quite a few Kiwis cheering us on. We’re looking forward to getting out there on Saturday,” he said.
    

    WHEN
    Sat 10 August 2019: 7.00pm NZT; 5pm AEST; 3pm local time

    LIVE on Sky Sport 1

    Replays: Sunday 11/8 at 10.00am (SS1), 10.30pm (SS3)

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    http://www.allblacks.com/News/34520/two-debutants-for-black-ferns-perth-test



  • Halftime. Black Ferns 22 Wallaroos 0.

    Wallaroos started fairly well but got tired.

    The hooker and the second five particularly impressive in the first half for the Black Ferns.

    Young rated 13 for Wallaroos hasn't touched the ball.



  • @KiwiMurph Chelsea Alley is awesome. I really rate her as one of the best current BFs.



  • @Stargazer very impressive.

    Left winger is brilliant in attack.



  • Full time: Wallaroos 10 - 47 Black Ferns

    What a hiding!



  • Yeah hopefully same again for next game





  • The prize is already in the bag, but I'm looking forward to another great game on Saturday!

    Black Ferns to play the Wallaroos (Number of caps in brackets, *denotes debut):

    1 Toka Natua (21)
    2 Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (29)
    3 Aleisha-Pearl Nelson (34)
    4 Eloise Blackwell (42)
    5 Charmaine Smith (26)
    6 Pia Tapsell (5)
    7 Les Elder (Captain,17)
    8 Charmaine McMenamin (24)
    9 Kendra Cocksedge (Vice captain, 52)
    10 Ruahei Demant (10)
    11 Ayesha Leti-I'iga (8)
    12 Chelsea Alley (23)
    13 Carla Hohepa (24)
    14 Renee Wickliffe (40)
    15 Selica Winiata (Vice captain, 39)

    16 Luka Connor (3)
    17 Leilani Perese (10)
    18 Olivia Ward-Duin (1)
    19 Jackie Patea-Fereti (17)
    20 Kennedy Simon (3)/Joanah Ngan-Woo (3)
    21 Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu (5)
    22 Krysten Cottrell (7)
    23 Grace Brooker*

    Uncapped Canterbury utility back Grace Brooker, experienced Wellington lock Jackie Patea-Fereti, and Bay of Plenty hooker Luka Connor, have all been added to the Black Ferns reserves for Saturday's Test.
    

    LIVE on Sky Sport 1; kick-off 5.00pm.

    http://www.allblacks.com/News/34547/three-changes-to-black-ferns-side-to-play-australia



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  • Less than 10 minutes played, and both teams have already scored a try. BFs lead 7 - 5

    First try scored by Demant; the Aussie try scored by Aussie 7s speedster Mahalia Murphy.

    I started watching via the spidercam channell (ch 50), but while it gives some beautiful views of the scrum, line-out etc, it generally moves too slowly to my liking. I've moved back to SS1.



  • Haha, no love lost between these teams.



  • Awesome scrum from the BFs.



  • Great try from Blackwell.

    17 - 5 NZ



  • Interesting to see that it is the Aussie left winger, who is taking their kicks at goal.

    BFs captain Les Elder off injured.

    Half time: NZ 17 - 8 AUS



  • Great team try. Hohepa again.

    25 - 8 NZ



  • Wondeful try Black Ferns. Length of the field attack very impressive.



  • @KiwiMurph I just missed that! Was that the rookie, Grace Brooker?



  • @Stargazer nah the number 8 scored. The debutant came on after the try.



  • And a try to Charmaine Smith in the 81st minute to finish the game.

    Full time: NZ 37 - 8 AUS



  • Australia was competitive for parts of the game, but just couldn't break the Ferns' defence. NZ definitely had a much better bench.

    2019 has been a good year for the Ferns. Six tests, one loss to France (after a short turnaround of 4 days) and 5 wins. Firmly at the top of the World rankings.







  • From the ARU website:

    Major boost to Wallaroos fixture list
    
    The Wallaroos will play the top five rugby nations in the world next year in an outstanding preparation for the women's World Cup in 2021.
    
    The arrival of England and France on our shores next November, on their way back from a tour of New Zealand, will be the cherry on top of a new annual tournament involving the US, Canada, Australia and the Black Ferns.
    
    That annual four nations tournament is set to propel the Wallabies [I assume they mean Wallaroos] from a team full of part-time players with potential, to a competitive unit regularly playing the best nations in the world.
    

    I haven't found anything about this on allblacks dot com, or the websites of the other countries mentioned. Interesting to read that England and France will tour New Zealand in November next year. I wonder whether this new four nations tournament will replace the Super Series? Nothing lost if England and France keep on touring NZ every year (or NZ touring these countries), but if the new tournament means for the future that we don't play England and France annually, that wouldn't be a good development. England and France are the Black Ferns' strongest rivals.



  • Great news. Moore has been excellent!

    Black Ferns Head Coach Glenn Moore will lead the team through to the 2021 Rugby World Cup, New Zealand Rugby announced today.
    
    For the first time the Black Ferns Head Coach role will be full time, and Moore will be charged with leading the on-field programme through to the end of 2021.
    
    “He’s been instrumental in developing the culture of the Black Ferns and steering the team into the semi-professional era. We’re really pleased to have Glenn on board as we navigate this new and exciting time for women’s rugby. He brings stability to our programme during a period of rapid growth and when we have a massive challenge ahead of us in hosting a Rugby World Cup.”
    
    Sexton said aside from coaching the top team, Moore’s role would also include a focus on talent identification. All Provincial Unions now deliver Black Ferns high performance programmes alongside their Mitre 10 Cup programmes ensuring contracted Black Ferns and wider squad members have full access to trainers and facilities, specialist skill development, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, nutrition advice and player development management.
    
     Moore said the next two years would be especially significant as he builds the team towards the 2021 Rugby World Cup.
    
    About Glenn Moore
    Moore was first appointed Head Coach of the Black Ferns at the end of 2015 and has an enviable coaching record with the Black Ferns including a 2017 Rugby World Cup title and 23 wins from 26 matches.
    
    He took up the Black Ferns role after a season as Assistant Coach for the Blues in Investec Super Rugby and has extensive coaching experience at provincial, and national level.
    
    A former first-class player, with Mid-Canterbury (1986-92), he started coaching with North Otago in 2000. After six seasons – which included three years as Head Coach of the Divisional XV (now known as Heartland XV) he moved on to a role as Defence Coach and Assistant Coach with the Highlanders for the 2007 season. Moore became Head Coach for the Highlanders from 2008 to 2010. In 2013, Moore returned to his roots and guided Mid Canterbury’s Meads Cup-winning campaigns in the Heartland Championship.
    
    Moore joined the Black Ferns ahead of the 2015 International Super Series and led the team to their fifth World Cup title in 2017.
    
    Later that year he was named New Zealand Rugby’s Coach of the Year and the Black Ferns were awarded Team of the Year.
    

    https://www.allblacks.com/news/moore-to-take-black-ferns-through-to-2021/



  • @Stargazer up your game pal , this story has been out for two days and you haven’t posted it.

    Black Fern badass travels everywhere with a defibrillator in case her heart stops .

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/@lockerroom/2019/10/01/835641/shakira-puts-her-heart-on-the-line#



  • @jegga Awesome story! It's amazing she can play top level rugby with that heart condition.



  • @Stargazer said in 2019 Black Ferns:

    @jegga Awesome story! It's amazing she can play top level rugby with that heart condition.

    Top rugby for six years too . Badass as fuck



  • I saw the headline a while back an rolled my eyes at 'heart on the line' - but it is her literal heart!



  • The Black Ferns Development XV will play at the 2019 Oceania Rugby Women’s Rugby Championship at at Churchill Park, Lautoka, Fiji.

    The Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship gets underway on Monday with four teams – hosts Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Tonga – vying for a place at Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand.
    
    Australia A and a New Zealand Black Ferns Development XV are also competing in the tournament that will be played over four rounds from 18-30 November at Churchill Park in Lautoka, Fiji.
    
    The highest placed of the non-qualified teams* will join the eight teams who have already confirmed their presence at RWC 2021.
    

    https://www.world.rugby/news/540718

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    *The Black Ferns and Australia have qualified for 2021 Rugby World Cup and will play in pool matches only.

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    2019 Oceania Rugby Women’s Rugby Championship - Schedule

    Monday, 18 November
    11.00am: Samoa v Papua New Guinea
    1.30pm: Australia A v Tonga
    4.00pm: Black Ferns Dev v Fiji

    Friday 22 November
    11.00am: Tonga v Papua New Guinea
    1.30pm: Black Ferns Dev v Australia A
    4.00pm: Samoa v Fiji

    Tuesday 26 November
    11.00am Black Ferns Dev v Papua New Guinea
    1.30pm: Australia A v Samoa
    4.00pm: Tonga v Fiji

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    Black Ferns Development XV team to play Fiji:
    Head Coach Wayne Maxwell has named the following team for the first round game:

    1 Leilani Perese (Counties Manukau)
    2 Luka Connor (Bay of Plenty)
    3 Amy Rule* (Canterbury)
    4 Kelsie Wills* (Bay of Plenty)
    5 Joanah Ngan-Woo (Wellington)
    6 Alana Bremner* (Canterbury)
    7 Kendra Reynolds* (Bay of Plenty)
    8 Joanna Fanene* (Auckland)
    9 Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu (Captain) (Counties Manukau)
    10 Hazel Tubic (Counties Manukau)
    11 Martha Lolohea* (Canterbury)
    12 Lauren Balsillie* (Manawatu)
    13 Grace Brooker (Canterbury)
    14 Natahlia Moors (Auckland)
    15 Olivia McGoverne* (Canterbury)

    16 Saphire Abraham* (Auckland)
    17 Eilis Doyle* (Otago)
    18 Angel Mulu* (Bay of Plenty)
    19 Chelsea Bremner* (Canterbury)
    20 Pia Tapsell (North Harbour)
    21 Melanie Puckett* (Canterbury)
    22 Rosie Kelly* (Otago)
    23 Amanda Rasch* (Wellington)

    📺 All first round games will be LIVE on Sky Sport 1

    https://www.allblacks.com/news/black-ferns-development-team-to-face-fiji-named/



  • Geezzz, the Australia A v Tonga game has been cancelled because one of the Tongan players showed symptoms of measles on Sunday. All Tongan players are now being tested and that takes 72 hours; too long to let the game go ahead. It's been called a draw and both teams get 2 points each.

    The Samoa v PNG game will now be played at 1.30pm.

    https://mailchi.mp/6faa18bd3f6e/2019-oceania-rugby-womens-championship-to-feature-new-zealand-and-australia-1671993?e=fd2689807a



  • Thirteen minutes played, and the Black Ferns lead 19 to 0.


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